The Slavery Of The Slave Movement Essay

1719 Words Nov 21st, 2016 7 Pages
The abolition movement evolved significantly in the period spanning the time of Olaudah Equiano in the mid-18th Century, to the mid-19th Century of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs. Not only did the abolitionist rhetoric change, their goals, and the institution of slavery itself, transformed over course a century spanning the three narratives. Olaudah Equiano was writing in the mid-18th Century at the height of the slave trade and experienced slavery across the New World and Britain, and wrote in a primarily explanatory manner bringing to light the mostly unknown and raw aspects of the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to a populous of Brits that for the most part had been spared knowledge of it. This is a reality far removed from the slavery of Frederick Douglass, decades after the slave trade had been outlawed, the cotton boom and plantation economy had expanded the institution of American slavery to unforeseen proportions; Douglass wrote in an analytical style hitting on some of the same chords of Equiano but now applied to a new beast and with some noticeable differences in style and rhetoric. Harriet Jacobs’ narrative came from a time with largely the same institution of slavery as Douglass; however, she was writing on issues pertaining to the enslavement and abuses female African-Americans undergo in such a raw and charged way that it specifically resonated with Northern White women at the time. All three narratives were written with strong abolitionist goals, each had…

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