Olaudah Equiano Argument Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… He argues that it would be in Britain's economic interest to end slavery. The market for manufactured goods, he states, would be a vastly large one, and more than make up for the loss of slave labour. “The manufacturers of this country must and will, in the nature and reason of things, have a full and constant employ, by supplying the African markets.” (page 3) Not content with showing a correlation between British manufacturing profits and the end of the slave trade, Equiano asserts that the end of the slave trade would bring raw resources into the Empire: “the bowels and surface of Africa, abound in valuable and useful returns; the hidden treasures of centuries will be brought to light and into circulation. Industry, enterprise, and mining, will have their full scope, proportionably as they civilize.” (page 3) As he ends his story, Equiano leaves a contrast in the minds of his readers: “In a short time one sentiment alone will prevail, from motives of interest as well as justice and humanity.”(page 3) …show more content…
It also gives us a look into the social conscience of the people of the time, as Equiano was able to successfully make appeals based on the humanity of the African people being sold into slavery. The document also provides an interesting parallel to the current state of the international economy, with sweat shops in East Asia, and the continued willingness to tolerate the dehumanizing of the people working in them in order to support a global economy that is dependant on their labour. The detail shown in this document also allows us an opportunity to look at the economic system of Britain, and how economics influenced the British Empire and its relationship with

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