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Dirty Boots: “Sylviane Diouf’s ‘Dreams of Africa in Alabama'”

Next week, I’m taking two-dozen students to Troy to hear Sylviane Diouf at the university’s annual Mitchell-McPherson Lecture. Diouf is a scholar whose 2007 book Dreams of Africa in Alabama tells the story of the Clotilda, the last known slave ship to enter the United States, at Mobile Bay, long after the international slave trade had been outlawed. In preparation for the visit, I’ve been reading her book and sharing some of it with students who’ll hear her speak. For me, what has been compelling to learn from reading Dreams of Africa in… Read more Dirty Boots: “Sylviane Diouf’s ‘Dreams of Africa in Alabama'”