“Guantánamo Diary” and the American Slave Narrative

To complement this year’s Quincy Club’s theme of slavery through the ages, we share an article in The New Yorker comparing Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s recent “Guantánamo Diary” with the traditional American Slave Narrative.

To celebrate this year’s 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the United States, the John Adams Quincy Club highlights the American legacy of slavery in its global and contemporary context. In the same vein, we share an article in the New York about Guantánamo inmate Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s book “Guantánamo Diary” and its echoeing of the tradition of the American Slave Narrative. “Slahi’s writing resembles, in both the details of his story and the intention behind its telling, a body of American literature whose testimonies represent the clearest arguments against human bondage and systems of brutality that this country has ever produced.”

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