Analysis of Olaudah Equiano’s “from the Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano”

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Historical Analysis of Olaudah Equiano’s “From the Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano” Ashley Williams History 193 Professor Bravo February 7, 2014 Olaudah Equiano was an African American that fell into slavery. He was forced like many other African Americans during the 17th and 18th century. In the short story about Olaudah Equiano, it tells about his life and what he went through being a slave. First, there was a lot of trading or bartering going on with the white slave owners. They would use their slaves as a material item and not think of them as a person. They thought of them like a product or money. The trade involved the Americans, the Africans, and the West Indies. Throughout these three places there was a circle of trade during this time which involved slaves. It seemed to work out well for everyone in this trading business except for the slaves. Equiano was traded off for various reasons of the white man in the Narrative. In the short narrative Equiano was traded around and eventually traded off to the Americas. He was then forced to go on a slave ship. The conditions were horrible. Equiano was transported on a slave ship. Equiano, as well as the other slaves were stuffed under the cargo area. There were so many slaves that they could hardly breathe. They were always hungry because of the little amount of food and the large amount of slaves. Disease spread throughout the ship causing many slaves to die. They would also die of hunger and getting beaten so much by the white crew onboard. Equiano had to survive in these conditions for long periods of time. Equiano was from Africa in a peaceful village were the British kidnapped him into the slave trade. He was kidnapped with his sister and dragged away from their home. A lot of the whites would just go into villages and start taking African Americans to be their slaves or to trade them
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