Olaudah Equiano Slavery

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(Analyzing the different aspects of the slave trade from the Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano) Slavery was a very large yet touchy subject in America for quite some time. Was slavery actually like the ways they describe it in some of those horrific videos? Did those things actually happen to fellow human beings? Many would argue either way. As of now, a majority of the nation is essentially on the same side of the matter. Abe Lincoln said, “I think slavery is wrong, morally, and politically. I desire that it should be no further spread in these United States, and I should not object if it should gradually terminate in the whole Union." (Roy P. Basler) From the Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano by Equiano tells a story that has many different aspects of the slave trade depicted within it. When attacking the story of The Life of Olaudah Equiano by…show more content…
Therefore, when they arrived in America it was a huge shock to the survivors, then they would soon find out they were to act as slaves for the whites who were already settled. Equiano explains, “…that at last the white people got some old slaves from the land to pacify us. They told us we were not to be eaten, but to work, and were soon to \go on land, where we should see many of our country people.” (page 175) Not only was their trip almost deadly, which is was for some of them, they only arrived to learn that they were only to serve as slaves to the whites. “The journey from Africa to the West Indies or North America Usually took about two months. One study shows that the slave ship provided an average of about seven square feet per slave.” (Gad Heuman) As an African, that would be the very last thing I would want to hear after being on that treacherous

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