Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano: Written by Himself / Edition 2

Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano: Written by Himself / Edition 2

by Olaudah Equiano
ISBN-10:
0312442033
ISBN-13:
2900312442032
Pub. Date:
04/07/2006
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's

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Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano: Written by Himself / Edition 2




Widely admired for its vivid accounts of the slave trade, Olaudah Equiano's autobiography -- the first slave narrative to attract a significant readership -- reveals many aspects of the eighteenth-century Western world through the experiences of one individual. The second edition reproduces the original London printing, supervised by Equiano in 1789. Robert J. Allison's introduction, which places Equiano's narrative in the context of the Atlantic slave trade, has been revised and updated to reflect the heated controversy surrounding Equiano's birthplace, as well as the latest scholarship on Atlantic history and the history of slavery. Improved pedagogical features include contemporary illustrations with expanded captions and a map showing Equiano's travels in greater detail. Helpful footnotes provide guidance throughout the eighteenth-century text, and a chronology and an up-to-date bibliography aid students in their study of this thought-provoking narrative.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900312442032
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date: 04/07/2006
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

ROBERT J. ALLISON (Ph.D., Harvard University) is associate professor of history and chair of the department at Suffolk University, where he teaches U.S. and world history and the history of Boston. He is the author of A Short History of Boston (2004) and The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World 1776-1815 (2000). He has edited two volumes of twentieth-century American political and social history: History In Dispute: The Pursuit of Progress, 1900-1945 and The Pursuit of Liberty, 1945-2000 (2000). He has also edited several volumes in the award-winning American Eras series, including The Revolutionary Era, 1754-1783 (1998) and The Development of a Nation, 1783-1815 (1997). Allison is an elected life member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts and a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society. He is currently working on a biography of the American naval hero Stephen Decatur.

Table of Contents





Foreword
Preface


LIST OF MAPS AND ILLUSTRATIONS



PART ONE


Introduction: Equiano’s Worlds



Olaudah Equiano and the Eighteenth-Century World


Equiano and the Antislavery Movement


African Identities in the New World


Equiano’s Narrative as an Abolitionist Tool


The Question of Equiano’s Origins


The Literary Context of Equiano’s Narrative


Equiano’s Legacy



PART TWO


The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself


Dedication


Volume I


Volume II



PART THREE


Related Documents


Olaudah Equiano, Letter to James Tobin, January 28, 1788


Olaudah Equiano, Letter to the Committee for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, February 7, 1789


Olaudah Equiano, Letter to Thomas Hardy, May 28, 1792


William Blake, Illustrations for Narrative, of a Five Years’ Expedition . . . by John G. Stedman, 1796



APPENDIXES


An Equiano Chronology


Questions for Consideration


Selected Bibliography


Index

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