At a glance:
- Author: Gustavas Vassa
- First Published: 1789
- Type of Work: Slave narrative
- Time of Work: c. 1750-1789
- Setting: West Africa; Virginia; the Atlantic Ocean
- Genres: Nonfiction, Autobiography
- Subjects: Virginia, Freedom, Africa or Africans, Slavery or slaves, Religion, Friendship, Middle Passage, England or English people, Eighteenth century, Christianity, Ships, Reading, Sailing or sailors
- Locales: Virginia, Africa, United States, North America
Form and Content
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African is considered the first major slave autobiography in English literature. It served as the prototype for the numerous fugitive slave narratives used in the fight against slavery by the abolitionist groups during the period prior to the Civil War.
In the mid-1750’s in West Africa, the eleven-year-old Olaudah Equiano and his sister are kidnapped and sold into bondage. After serving for a short time as a slave in Africa and being separated from his sister, he...
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