A First Hand Look at Slavery: the Life of Olaudah Equiano, and Douglass and My Bondage Is My Freedom

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A First Hand Look at Slavery Slavery is a very controversial subject. Although many people see it as wrong, some believe it is right. The stories of Olaudah Equiano and Frederick Douglass are inspiring, true stories of what slaves really go through. Equiano and Douglass have many thing in common as well as contrast in their experiences, fight for freedom, and desire to learn. To begin, Equiano and Douglass’s lives are very hard as being slaves. They both are introduced to slavery at a young age. Equiano, however, endured the worst part of slavery, yet he was so young. When Equiano was 11 years old he was stolen from his home by his own people. They later sold him to the white mans slave trade. Equiano was very apprehensive because he did not know what was going on. He was forced to endure the foul, harsh, and clamorous environment of the slave ship to America. He watched family being separated as they were sold like sheep, and he knew this could not be right. Douglass, on the other hand, was born in American slavery but all the same endured the pain of being beaten and degraded. Both of these men endure a lot of pain and suffering but make it out in the end. Likewise, both Equiano and Douglass knew that freedom was what they wanted, and they would do what they had to do to get it. Equiano goes through many occurrences that only strengthen his hope for freedom. Equiano knew that slavery was wrong and seeing families being torn apart upset and strengthened him to believe in a future of freedom. Douglass too saw fellow slaves suffer to gratify the white mans selfish ways. But this did not discourage him from wanting freedom. Douglass found ways to get what he needed to become free. Both men fought to get what they wanted and earned their freedom. Having the freedom the freedom only meant they had to work harder to get the rights they were not given

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