• Olaudah Equiano, b. 1745
  • Olaudah Equiano, or, Gustavus Vassa, the African
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Equiano, Olaudah; Vincent Carretta, ed., The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings, New York: Penguin 1995.

Several slave narratives have been bestselling books for their time.

His book is considered the epitome of the slave narrative.

A narrator links the episodes with basic information about slavery in the Southern United States.
In slave narratives, former slaves stood up for themselves, showing the world that they were literate, thinking, feeling people whose stories were worth telling.

The slave narrative is truly a literature of liberation.

Olaudah EquianoorGUSTAVUS VASSSA. the African Publish'd March 1789 by G. Vassa[Frontispiece Image]
Most of the narratives can be found at the Library of Congress web page, .

4. Interview a Former Slave: Students can pick a former slave for whom there is a narrative (either from the movie or from some other source), compose questions and write proposed answers based on the narrative.


The courts and the police were required to assist them.

Olaudah EquianoorGUSTAVUS VASSSA. the African Publish'd March 1789 by G. Vassa[Frontispiece Image]
(It turns out that the abolitionists, recognizing that exaggerated accounts would hurt their movement, were careful to make sure that facts were accurately stated in the narratives they edited.) Moreover, slave narratives challenged the myth, prevalent in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, that Southern plantations were benevolent institutions which helped civilize barbaric Africans.

The film's narration provides many important facts about slavery in the U.S.
In addition, for whites and blacks who had not experienced slavery, reading a slave narrative opened a window into the effects of slavery and what was necessary to overcome those effects.

Olaudah Equiano, b. 1745. The Interesting Narrative of …

Washington's life as a boy.) Two slave narratives were published for the first time in 2007 under the title A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom.

The Life of Olaudah Equiano Questions and Answers | …

"A MULTITUDE OF BLACK PEOPLE...CHAINED TOGETHER" Olaudah Equiano vividly recounts the shock and isolation that he felt during the Middle Passage to Barbados and his fear that the European slavers would eat him. Their complexions, differing so much from ours, their long hair and the language they spoke, which was different from any I had ever heard, united to confirm me in this belief.

What is a summary of Equiano? | eNotes

which annoy us during the night. The walls and floors also of these are generally covered with mats. Our beds consist of a platform, raised three or four feet from the ground, on which are laid skins, and different parts of a tree called . Our covering is calico or muslin, the same as our dress. The usual seats are a few logs of wood; but we have benches, which are generally perfumed, to accommodate strangers: these compose the greater part of our household furniture. Houses so constructed and furnished require but little skill to erect them. Every man is a sufficient architect for the purpose. The whole neighbourhood afford their unanimous assistance in building them and in return receive, and expect no other recompense than a feast.

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The first slave narrative bestseller, entitled The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano; or, Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself (1789), was written by a former English slave.

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The historians noted that slave narratives were often created in cooperation with white abolitionist editors who wanted to use the narratives to further their cause.