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Slave Narrative One - Olaudah Equiano (Igbo): Francis Scott Key lied!




Olaudah Equiano (c. 1745 - 31 March 1797), known in his lifetime as Gustavus Vassa was a prominent African in London, a freed slave who supported the British movement to end the slave trade. His autobiography, published in 1789 and attracting attention, was considered highly influential in gaining passage of the Slave Trade Act 1807, which ended the African trade for Britain and its colonies.

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babaketah
babaketah

Male, Age Private, Austell, GA

Posted September 26


In Volume 1 of The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African...

He opens with a description of his native African culture, including customs associated with clothing, food, and religious practices. He likens the inhabitants of Eboe to the early Jews, and offers a theory that dark African skin is a result of exposure to the hot, tropical climates. In so doing, Equiano hints that Africans may be the indirect relatives of Christian Europeans through their Jewish ancestry and argues against slavery as an affront to all humans:

"Let the polished and haughty European recollect that his ancestors were once, like the Africans, uncivilized, and even barbarous. Did Nature make them inferior to their sons? and should they too have been made slaves? Every rational mind answers, No."






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