Prince among Slaves by Terry Alford

Prince among Slaves

byTerry Alford

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In this remarkable work, Terry Alford tells the story of Abd al Rahman Ibrahima, a Muslim slave who, in 1807, was recognized by an Irish ship's surgeon 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, Mississippiresidents, had been captured in war when he was 26 years old, sold to slave traders, and shipped to America. Slave though he was, Ibrahima was an educated, aristocratic man, and he was made overseer of the large cotton and tobacco plantation of his master, who refused to sell him to the doctor forany price. After years of petitioning by Dr. Cox and others, Ibrahima finally gained freedom in 1828 through the intercession of U.S. Secretary of State Henry Clay. Sixty-six years old, Ibrahima sailed for Africa the following year, with his wife, and died there of fever just five months after hisarrival. The year 2007 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Prince Among Slaves, the only full account of Ibrahima's life, pieced together from first-person accounts and historical documents gathered on three continents. It is not only a remarkable story, but also the story of aremarkable man, who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or his hope for freedom. This thirtieth anniversary edition, which will be released to coincide with a major documentary being aired on Ibrahima's life, has been updated to include material discovered since theoriginal printing, a fuller presentation and appreciation of other African Muslims in American slavery-Ibrahima's contemporaries-and a review of new and important literature and developments in the field.

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Terry Alford is a Professor of History at Northern Virginia Community College.
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Title:Prince among SlavesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 5.31 × 7.91 × 0.79 inPublished:September 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019532045X

ISBN - 13:9780195320459

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Table of Contents

WhyCh. 1: The White TurbanCh. 2: Across the Broad CasamanceCh. 3: "A Common Slave"Ch. 4: Annus Mirabilis and AfterCh. 5: "Unbroken in Mind and Body"Ch. 6: A Northern CampaignCh. 7: "The Almoner of His Bounty"Ch. 8: A Single PlankEpilogueAppendix / Genealogies / Notes