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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ben Raines is an award-winning environmental journalist, filmmaker, and charter captain who discovered the remains of the Clotilda. He is also the author of "Saving America's Amazon: The Threat to Our Nation's Most Biodiverse River System." He lives in Fairhope, Alabama.
ABOUT THE BOOK
An award-winning journalist, filmmaker and charter captain discusses his discovery of the remains of the Clotilda, which was launched 50 years after the transAtlantic slave trade became illegal, and the fate of Africatown, which was founded by its survivors.
“The fast-paced narrative begins with the voyage and follows the Clotilda’s survivors beyond the Civil War….Raines vividly conjures the watery landscape into which the Africans stepped… Knowledge of these waterways also led Raines to locate the Clotilda in a place previous searchers had ignored.” — The New York Times
ABOUT THE CONVERSATION PARTNER
Sowande' Mustakeem is an associate professor of history and African American studies at Washington University in St. Louis and the author of "Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage." Her most recent essay appeared in the online publication Vox, “Six Myths About the History of Black People in America”. She has been featured on BBC radio, and Henry Louis Gates’ PBS documentary series “Many Rivers to Cross.”