Olaudah Equiano was a prominent African in London, a freed slave who supported the British movement to end the slave trade. His autobiography, published in 1789 and attracting wide attention, was considered highly influential in gaining passage of the Slave Trade Act 1807, which ended the African trade for Britain and its colonies.

In reading an excerpt from his Narrative in class, we discussed his prominent use of irony to force his readers to confront the horrors of slavery that he was subjected to. See the image below of our visual note-taking to review this text.