Prince Among Slaves

Alford, Terry (Book - 2007)
Prince Among Slaves
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Tells of the African prince, Ibrahima, who spent forty years of his life as a slave in the American South before being returned to Africa by the United States government

Oxford University Press
In 1807, an Irish ship's surgeon recognized a slave at a Mississippi produce market as the son of an African king who had saved his life many years earlier. "The Prince," as he had become known to local Natchez, Mississippi, residents, had been captured by warring tribesmen when he was 26 years old, sold to slavetraders, and shipped to America. An educated, aristocratic slave, Abd Rahman Ibrahima was made overseer of the large cotton and tobacco plantation of his master, who refused to sell him to the doctor for any price. After 25 years of petitioning, Dr. Cox finally gained Ibrahima his freedom, through the intercession of U.S. Secretary of State Henry Clay. Sixty-six-year-old Ibrahima sailed for Africa the following year, with his wife, two sons, and several grandchildren, and died there of fever just five months after his arrival. Prince Among Slaves is the first full account of Ibrahima's life, pieced together from first-person accounts and historical documents. It is not only a remarkable story, but the story of a remarkable man, who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or his hope for freedom.

Authors: Alford, Terry
Statement of Responsibility: Terry Alford
Title: Prince among slaves
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
Edition: 30th anniversary ed
Characteristics: xx, 316 p. : ill., map ; 21 cm.
Notes: Originally published: New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1977
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Slavery Mississippi Muslims Mississippi Natchez Biography Princes Africa, West Biography Slaves Mississippi Natchez Biography Ibrahima, Abd al-Rahman, 1762-1829
Topical Term: Slavery
LCCN: 2007282677
ISBN: 9780195042238
Research Call Number: Sc D 08-2120
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