Essay on The Narrative Of The Life Of Olaudah Equiano

1045 Words Sep 30th, 2014 5 Pages
During the eighteenth century in America, the slave trade was booming with the need for help with agriculture and cotton production in the Deep South. Innocent souls from Africa were being shipped to the United States against their will to work hard labor. This was an ongoing problem, “What does it mean to dehumanize a human being? To ponder this question is to approach some definition of slavery, one of the most extreme forms of dehumanization,” (Oakes.) “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano” by Olaudah Equiano is one of many pieces from an educated slave expressing the hardships of the slave trade. In his autobiography he was able to express some of many evils that took place during the eighteenth century in great detail. He talked mainly of the difficulties he faced, which based these certain incidents of what happened on a more personal level. In “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano” by Olaudah Equiano factors of the eighteenth century slave trade such as the harsh living conditions the slaves faced, the treatment of white people to the slaves, and impact that was left with the slaves after the slave trade and being enslaved.
In ‘The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano” by Olaudah Equiano the harsh conditions and circumstances are displayed with great detail. The slaves were held as cargo under deck as they were transferred to the United States. They lived in very tight space and smell was said to be one of the…

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