So far we have examined the stories of the Native people of America, the Puritans who settled here in the 1600’s, and the founding fathers and their dreams of freedom.
As our country was in its earliest stages as colonies, slavery slowly made its way to our shores and, unfortunately, stuck around until the late 19th century. The life of slaves was grueling, and more horrific than many of use can imagine.
While the stories of many of these individuals are lost to us forever, we do have a few examples in the form of slave narratives. One of these is these narratives is that of Olaudah Equiano, who later went on to buy his freedom from slavery and moved to England to fight in the early abolitionist movement gaining strength in Europe. As we read through excerpts of his narrative, remember to analyze his language use and ask yourself ‘why did he make these choices’ and ‘how did this help him reach his audience’?
Please click here to access the excerpt from Equiano’s narrative.
Remember, you must also complete a constructed response using the RACE method to answer the following question:
“What did the reader’s of Equiano’s time learn about the ‘accursed trade’ of slavery that they may not have previously been aware of? How did Equiano’s story effectively inform them of these details? Cite evidence to support your answer.”