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Ardency A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels

ISBN-10: 0307267644
ISBN-13: 9780307267641
Edition: 2011
Authors: Kevin Young
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Description: A chorus of voices tells the story of the Africans who mutinied on board the slave shipAmistad.Written over twenty years, this poetic epic-part libretto, part captivity epistle-makes the past present, and even its sorrows sing. In "Buzzard," the  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/25/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

A chorus of voices tells the story of the Africans who mutinied on board the slave shipAmistad.Written over twenty years, this poetic epic-part libretto, part captivity epistle-makes the past present, and even its sorrows sing. In "Buzzard," the opening section, we hear from the African interpreter for the rebels, mostly from Sierra Leone, who were jailed in New Haven. In "Correspondance," we encounter the remarkable letters to John Quincy Adams and others that the captives wrote from jail, where they were taught English and converted to Christianity. In lines profound and pointed, the men demand their freedom in their newfound tongue: "All we want is make us free." The book culminates in "Witness," a libretto chanted by Cinque, the rebel leader, who yearns for his family and freedom while eloquently evoking the Amistadsrs" conversion and life in America. As Young conjures this array of characters and their music, interweaving the liberation cry of Negro spirituals and the indoctrinating wordplay of American primers, he delivers his signature songlike immediacy at the service of a tremendous epic built on the ironies, violence, and virtues of American history. Heaven ainrs"t the end- Heaven begins the steady lifting. Things I donrs"t have no word for- bones lining the ocean floor. Hush, child. The rain. My voice all I carried. -from "Choir (Evening)"

Book-Keeping
Buzzard.
Exodus
Covey
Misericordia
Cut-Up
Advent
Questioning
Friendship
Sightings
Washington
Experiment
Greeting
Blackmarket
Tank
Eyetooth
Findings
Easter
Maroon
Broadway
Calling
Soundings
Revelations
Correspondance.
New England Primer
Westville
Speech
New Haven
Testimony
Farmington
Gospel
Con
Scripture
Boston, Mass
Sermon
Gentleman
Toast
Freetown
Witness. A Libretto
Processional
Choir (Evening)
Passages
Choir (Twilight)
Captivity
Choir (Dusk)
Conversions
Choir (Midnight)
Merica, a minstrel show
Choir (Dark)
Manumissions
Choir (Dawn)
Benedictions
Choir (Morning)
After Word; or, The Mission & Its Fate.
Logbook Begun at Sea, Westerly, Off the Cape of Good Hope
A Last Letter upon Leaving Mende Land
Diary of His Final Days with Yellow Fever
Sampler Found at the Abandoned Mission, Sewn in an Unknown Hand
Progress Report on the New Mission, Hereafter Known as Mo Tappan
Deathbed Confession, in Delirium, Written in Dirt
Letter from Oberlin College, Ohio, Preparing to Voyage to the Mission
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