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1 Equiano: Reliable Authority on the Slave Trade World History to 1700 101 Brian Fairlie 11/15/05
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Equiano’s recollections about his time spent in bondage are shocking and recount firsthand the barbarity of slavers and the system of slavery as a whole. The detail in which his account is given reflects the accounts from other sources of the era. With the greatest of insight and detail, Equiano relates the horrors of being snatched from one’s homeland, shipped off to another country, and sold off into slavery. Equiano’s tale gives today’s audiences an graphic account of what life was like for an African back in the 18 th century. From his short time spent in his village in Africa, to the capture of both his sister and himself, and his entry into the system of slavery, As an actual slave who became educated and eventually earned his own freedom, Equiano describes each event in a firsthand account, as only one who actually experienced such events ever could. His incredible rise from a lowly slave to the author (an achievement of note all on its own in that age) one of the most respected narratives of all time.
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