Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man
This definitive biography tells the story of the former slave Olaudah Equiano (1745?–1797), who in his day was the English-speaking world’s most renowned person of African descent. Equiano’s greatest legacy is his classic 1789 autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself. A key document of the early movement to ban the slave trade, as well as the fundamental text in the genre of the African American slave narrative, it includes the earliest known purported firsthand description by an enslaved victim of the horrific Middle Passage from Africa to the Americas. Equiano, the African is filled with fresh revelations about this many-sided figure.
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Chapter Ten The Black Poor
Chapter Eleven Turning against the Slave Trade
Chapter Twelve Making a Life
Chapter Thirteen The Art of the Book
Chapter Fourteen A SelfMade Man
Chapter Nine Seeking a Mission
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