The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano: Or Gustavus Vassa, the African

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano: Or Gustavus Vassa, the African

by Olaudah Equiano
     
 

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Nigerian-born Olaudah Equiano (c.1745–97), also known as Gustavus Vassa, was sold into slavery as a child and endured the horrors of the transatlantic slave ships. He later worked on board Royal Navy vessels, receiving an education and converting to Christianity. Buying his freedom in 1766, he embarked on several voyages before settling in London, where he

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Nigerian-born Olaudah Equiano (c.1745–97), also known as Gustavus Vassa, was sold into slavery as a child and endured the horrors of the transatlantic slave ships. He later worked on board Royal Navy vessels, receiving an education and converting to Christianity. Buying his freedom in 1766, he embarked on several voyages before settling in London, where he became involved in the causes of anti-slavery and the welfare of former slaves. Published in 1789, this successful two-volume autobiography boosted the abolitionist cause, providing a first-hand account of the experience of Africans on both sides of the Atlantic. An important document in the history of slavery and immigration, it remains a classic work of black writing. Volume 2 recounts how Equiano achieved his freedom, his conversion to Christianity, his experience of shipwreck in the West Indies, and his life in England.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781108060226
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/06/2013
Series:
Cambridge Library Collection - Slavery and Abolition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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