Olaudah Equiano. The Life and Adventures of Olaudah Equiano, or , Gustavus
Vassa, the African: From an Account Written by himself. New York: Samuel
Wood & Sons, 1829.
Olaudah Equiano (ca. 1745-1797) was one of the first blacks to level a
written attack on the slave trade. His autobiography, published in 1789,
sold extremely well and was effective in spreading anti-slavery sentiment.
Equiano wrote about being kidnapped into slavery from his homeland, about
his life as a slave in the West Indies, and ultimately, his return to
freedom. Equiano’s publication was an early and influential prototype
for later American slave narratives.
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