Kyla Evely3/15/13British Literature SurveyProfessor MossTake Home EssayThe Persistence of SlaveryAs one would expect, slavery during the time of the Abolitionist movement was more than a controversial issue. Slaves were used as a basis of making profit, bettering the lives of Americans and Europeans, and ultimately they were used in such horrible stances that abuse does not even begin to cover it. Although enslavement had hampered many African Americans, young and old, they had a moral duty to rise out of the ashes and empower themselves despite circumstances. In Olaudah Equiano’s narrative, we see a young boy who came from a well to do family, taken abruptly and forced into the slave trade. Unable to make any choices for himself, he was taken to several places, being shipped like cargo out to sea. One thing that empowers Equiano is his countenance and remembering skills. He has this deep and vivid memory of all these events which are included in this narrative. I’m sure that most slaves would like to forget what had happened to them aboard the slave ship and anything at all for that matter. He is strong in this way, to have the courage to remember things that most would want to forget. “…In preference to my present situation, which was filled with horrors of every kind, still heightened by my ignorance of what I was to undergo” (81).