Dialogue 2

Dialogue 2 - Anthony M. Cavallaro HIST 1400.014 University...

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Anthony M. Cavallaro HIST 1400.014 University of Connecticut Dr. J. Eves Human Rights and Slavery John Locke was one of the most significant political philosophers of the seventeenth century. He argued that every human was born with the unalienable natural rights: life, liberty, and property. Locke stated that any government that denied anyone of these rights was tyrannical and was subject to overthrowing by its people 1 . Olaudah Equiano was a western African who was captured as a child and sold into slavery. Unlike many slaves, he was educated and his master gave him opportunities that most slaves never saw. He later published his memoirs in which he denounces slavery and uncovers the true experience of living as a slave 2 . One day, these two meet in heaven. They begin to discuss their thoughts on slavery and how it robbed people of their human rights. Equiano shares his experiences with Locke and praises him for his principles of natural rights. Equiano proceeds to find flaws in Locke’s theories and accuses him of not taking an active role in terminating slavery. 1 Jamie H. Eves, In Their Own Words: A Documentary History of Western Civilization from the Middle Ages to the End of World War II (Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 2005), 92. 2 Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vasa, the African (London: 1814 [1789]), reprinted in Henry Louis Gates, ed., The Classic Slave Narratives (New York: 1987), 69-80, in Jamie H. Eves, In Their Own Words: A Documentary History of Western Civilization from the Middle Ages to the End of World War II (Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 2005), 94-95.
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Equiano: Why, if it is not John Locke? I never thought the day would come that I would get to meet the legendary John Locke. I know a lot about yours works and
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