The Last Slaves

The Lost Stories of the Last Survivors of the American Slave Trade

Hannah Durkin

Proposal in English History

This blockbuster work of history combines original archival research with vivid historical narrative to uncover an unknown American story. It sheds new light on the realities of slavery – and its long reach into the 20th century and beyond.

Hannah Durkin tells the intimate stories of the five survivors of the Clotilda, the last slave ship to land on US soil, 52 years after a federal law banning human transportation. The subjects of Durkin’s book, who ranged in age from two to nineteen when they were kidnapped, died between 1922 and 1940.

They were not just the last survivors of the Clotilda, but the last documented survivors of any slave ship, and the final act of a terrible period in history. The Last Slaves is a gripping and unforgettable work of biographical history.