By James Walvin
The autobiography of Olaudah Equiano, a sought after African in past due 18th-century Britain, is quoted, anthologized and interpreted in dozens of books and articles. greater than any unmarried modern, Equiano speaks for the destiny of hundreds of thousands of Africans within the period of the transatlantic slave alternate. This research makes an attempt to create a rounded portrait of the fellow in the back of the literary photo, and to review Equiano within the context of Atlantic slavery.
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P. 20. 13 Interesting Narrative, pp. 56-7. , p. 24. 15 Interesting Narrative, p. 57. , p. 58. 17 The Journal of a Slave Trader (John Newton), 1750-1754, ed. Bernard Martin and Martin Spurrell (London, 1962); entry for 12 June 1751, p. 56. 18 Interesting Narrative, p. 56. 19 Falconbridge, op. , pp. 30-2. 20 Interesting Narrative, p. 59. 21 P. D. Morgan, 'British encounters with Africans and African-Americans', in Bernard Bailyn and Philip D. Morgan (eds), Strangers within the Realm. Cultural Margins of the First British Empire (Chapel Hill, 1991), p.
Astonishment soon turned to terror; a terror which he was scarcely able to convey. After months of African enslavement, a new regime of horrifying indignities and threats was unleashed on all slaves newly arrived on the coast. Scrutinized, inspected in the most intimate and humiliating of fashions, Equiano, like millions of others, found himself'immediately handled, and tossed up, to see if I were sound, by some of the crew'. Traders, sailors and surgeons tried to weed out sick Africans, and to assess the health and condition 18 An African's Life (and hence the value) of new arrivals.
20 Interesting Narrative, p. 59. 21 P. D. Morgan, 'British encounters with Africans and African-Americans', in Bernard Bailyn and Philip D. Morgan (eds), Strangers within the Realm. Cultural Margins of the First British Empire (Chapel Hill, 1991), p. 160. 22 Interesting Narrative, pp. 57-9. , p. 60. 24 Hilary Beckles, Natural Rebels: A Social History of Enslaved Women in Barbados (London, 1989), p. 39. 25 Quoted in David Watts, The West Indies (Cambridge, 1987), p. 284. 26 James Walvin, Fruits of Empire: Exotic Produce and Western Taste, 1600-1800 (London, 1997).
An African's Life: The Life and Times of Olaudah Equiano, 1745-1797 by James Walvin