Book: The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

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The autobiography of Olaudah Equiano, was an important piece of literature that helped turn public opinion in Great Britain against the slave trade. Olaudah Equiano was born in approximately 1745 in what is now Nigeria. Taken from his family by slave traders as a young child, Equiano was sold into slavery, and was eventually sold to one Lieutenant. Michael Henry Pascal, of the British Navy. During his time serving Pascal, Equiano was trained in seamanship, and sent to school to learn to read and write. He also converted to Christianity during this time and was baptized in 1759. Equiano was eventually sold on to Robert King, a Quaker from Philadelphia who was involved in trading in the Caribbean. Robert King served as a mentor to …show more content…
The excerpt continues to talk about the horrible conditions that slaves were forced to endure aboard the slave-ships where below deck “I received such a salutation in my nostrils as I had never experienced in my life; so that with the loathsomeness of the stench and crying together, I became so sick and low that I was not able to eat”.(page 1) He also talks about his initial fear of white men asking his fellow slaves: “if we were not to be eaten by those white men with horrible looks, red faces, and loose hair”. (page 1) Despite disease, malnutrition, and the possibility of accidental death, Equiano survived the passage to North America though as he says: “The shrieks of the women and the groans of the dying rendered the whole a scene of horror almost inconceivable”(page 2). Upon reaching the Western Hemisphere, the slaves were subjected

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