Reading 3 Equiano

Reading 3 Equiano - Pay close attention to these details as...

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HIST 100: Western Civilization Reading Guide 3: Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative Moving out of the Mediterranean and into the Atlantic world, we will next be taking up the story of Olaudah Equiano (pronounced Oh-law-oo-dah Eh-kwee-ah-noh), an Anglo-African of Igbo heritage believed to have been born in the region of modern-day Nigeria in 1745. In The Interesting Narrative , first published in 1789, Equiano laid out the fascinating details of his life, from his birth in Africa and enslavement to his service in the British navy. Equiano managed to travel widely, visiting far-flung locations including Jamaica, Turkey, Georgia, Virginia, and even a failed attempt to reach the North Pole. In this time, he even learned to play the French Horn. Most importantly, Equiano offers us a first-hand account of the terrible practice of slavery in the Atlantic world. From the actions of African slave traders to the inhuman conditions of the West Indies, Equiano is a keen observer (and critic) of slavery and its supporters.
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Unformatted text preview: Pay close attention to these details as you work through this narrative. This isnt a long workonly 200 pagesbut well be working through most of it. Please read the following pages; in some places noted below, you can skim to get the main points. Assigned pages: Read pages 31-70, concerning Equianos youth and introduction into slavery. Skim pages 70-91, concerning Equianos service and naval fights with the French. Read pages 91-146, relating Equianos time in the West Indies, his purchase by the Quaker Merchant Robert King, and Equianos purchase of his freedom. Skim pages 147-160, regarding his experience being shipwrecked in the Bahamas. Read pages 161-178, concerning Equianos further travels in the Mediterranean. Skim pages 178-197, in which Equiano talks of his religious conversionread if it catches your interest. Read 198-236, the concluding section concerning his appointment as commissary in the navy, marriage, and efforts on behalf of ending slavery....
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2011 for the course HIST 100 taught by Professor Millskelley during the Fall '08 term at George Mason.

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