Slave Narratives

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Slave Narratives

  1. 1. SLAVE NARRATIVE-Autobiography of a slave-Exposes horrors of human bondage-Slave’s experiences from his/her point of view
  2. 2. The Middle Passage Enslaved Africans crossing Atlantic  Americas Approx. 15 million from 1500-1800 1 in 8 Almost no firsthand accounts  Education  Reliving
  3. 3. Olaudah Equiano 1745-1797 Kingdom of Benin, West Africa Son of tribal leader 11 years old = kidnapped, sold to British slave traders 2-volume autobiography
  4. 4. Olaudah Equiano 6-10 week Atlantic voyage on slave ship  Anchors in Barbados Separated from sister, taken to Virginia  Purchased by British captain  Works at sea Renamed  Gustavus Vassa  Enslaved for 10 years
  5. 5. Olaudah Equiano Philadelphia  Manages master’s finances  Makes own money, buys freedom England  Devoted to abolition of slavery 1787- commissary of slave ship Vernon  500 freed slaves  Freetown, Sierra Leone  settlement
  6. 6. The Interesting Narrative ofOlaudah Equiano Written for white English/American reader Details journey  Virtual tour of slave ship  Cruelty of whites to Africans Published 1989- very popular  By 1794  8 editions in England, 1 in U.S. Made society face cruelties of slavery
  7. 7. Emotional Appeals Evocative words Trigger feelings of sympathy or outrage  Shriek rather than yell  appeals to people who have heard someone scream in pain  Descriptions of Africans begging for food  appeals to people who have felt hunger

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