Abina And The Important Men Analysis

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Abina and the Important Men is a graphic history novel written by authors Trevor R. Getz and Liz Clarke. The novel is a winner of the American Historical Association’s James Harvey Robinson prize due to its powerfully illustrated graphic history as it follows the trial of Abina Mansah in 1876. Throughout the novel, the authors argue that several women that have made history have been silenced. Getz and Clarke share this story to give voice to the women that when compared to men, were not seen as important. Abina is a young woman who grew up on the Gold Coast of Africa. Abina’s life starts off when she is born into Asante and is taken into the colonies with several other children as children workers. History makes it out to believe that during this time, even though slavery had been outlawed by the British, younger girls like Abina became the majority of the slave workers simply because they were less likely to run away. In the main characters time as a slave, she is sold to work for a man names Quamina Eddoo. While working as Eddoo’s slave under harsh conditions, Adina runs away to another town where she thinks she can be free. In the town of Cape Coast, she finds people that agree to help her become free of being Eddoo’s slave. As Eddoo soon discovers where Adina ran off too, Adina must take him to court with proof that he is treating her like a slave and win if she wishes for her freedom. In court, Adina puts up many strong arguments as too how she was his slave against

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