Analysis Of Olaudah Equiano On Slavery

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The primary source, “Olaudah Equiano on Slavery (1789)” reveals to its audience a first point of view of a child who undergoes the process of enslavement. Gustavus Vassa or better known as Olaudah Equiano was a mere child when he was abducted from his village; he describes his journey to the unknown with a flood of different emotions “[A]stonishment, which was soon converted into terror…[E]veryone of their countenances expressing dejection and sorrow” indicates how African people were not fully aware of the situation of the outside world. Therefore, it was valid to say that Africans on board of a slave ship visualize the worse possible outcome, which in Equiano’s case was the anxiety of being devour by the white men. The journey as described…show more content…
3 Before his capture, he was supposed to lead the village as chief when he became older. After being enslaved Equiano didn’t suffer in the households he was sold to; however, after boarding his first slave ship he soon learned about the harsh and cruel reality of being a slave. His last master was a lieutenant from the Royal Navy called Michael Henry Pascal and as a result it led him to sail around the world, move to England, and educated himself. 3 After becoming a free man Equiano became a Christian and follows the career as an active abolitionist that spoke out against slave-owners.…show more content…
4 Moreover, the economy was in a state that was expanding and increasing the standard way of living. However, there are some specific events that led to the North American colonists succeeding and improving their living standards. First, there was a flood of immigrants that were Germans and Scots-Irish, this naturally made the population increase. There were various reasons that explain why these types of people came which include oppression and tyrannies, religious freedom, terrible environment conditions, poverty, and a want to have a better life, and these people were not by themselves, now there were families with children. 5 Then, there was an overall natural increase in the colonies, which affected the economy thus increasing a demand for labor. 4 Under all these circumstances, the colonies had to modify how they would live and divide land, which led to abandonment of the 17th century system of distributing land to colonists.
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