Letter Writing In Terry Alford's Prince Among Slaves

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In Terry Alford’s novel “Prince Among Slaves” there were many people that strived to bring Ibrahima back to Africa, during this time he also worked to free his children. The role of letter writing had an impact on the course of the book and each person connected the direction of Ibrahima’s journey. A former prince, Abd al-Rahman Ibrahima, was captured through an ambush due to his lost to the Hebohs and is now a slave (23). When Ibrahima was 19, he had led his first victory, which earned him some respect from his men (16). As the years went by, Ibrahima was the leader of another war campaign, but this time, he did not succeed in battle, this led to the prince’s capture and he got sold into slavery (23). He was loaded onto the ship Africa with…show more content…
Laurie suggested starting a charity so the public can help Ibrahima in freeing his family from slavery (pg. 127). He gained lots of recognition because of the president helping him out. This got Ibrahima to obtain over three thousand dollars which was enough money to buy most of his family out of slavery (pg. 185). Soon, Andrew Jackson won the election, but it was through his appeal to the many southerners (pg. 152). It was now time for Ibrahima to depart the United States and return back to Africa because within a few months, Andrew Jackson will be inaugurated, and if he has not left the United States by that time, he will have to become Thomas Foster’s slave again (pg. 169). Ibrahima and his wife finally got to sail back to Africa on January 25, 1829 (pg. 171). When they arrived to Africa, many people died because of the diseases that people from America were not used too (pg. 179). Not long after, Ibrahima also died due to diarrhea in Africa before being able to reach Futa (pg. 183). Ibrahima had the ability to die in his homeland as a freedman, (pg. 183). Ibrahima’s freedom and return back to his mainland were all possible due to the election of 1828 and the result of the false

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