The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano was a key work of nineteenth-century slave narrative autobiography. Written and published by Equiano, a former slave, it became a prototype for the narratives that followed. Kidnapped in Africa as a child, Equiano was transported to the Caribbean and then to Virginia, bought by a Quaker shipowner, and placed in service at sea. Aboard various American and British ships, he sailed throughout the world, and he continued to do so after having purchased his freedom in 1766. Once settled in London, he fought tirelessly to end slavery.
This edition of Equiano’s Narrative places the text in the center of abolitionist activity in the late eighteenth century. Equiano knew many of the leading abolitionist figures of his time, and this edition allows readers to trace the common ideas and cross-influences in the works of the political and literary figures who fought for the end of slavery in America and England. The original 1789 text of the narrative has been used for the Broadview edition with Equiano’s subsequent emendations included in the appendices.
The authors account of his country their manners
Picking up eleven miserable men at sea in returning
Letters and Reviews
Writings of the First Abolitionist Movement
Quobna Ottobah Cugoano Thoughts and Sentiments on
Benjamin Franklin On the Slave Trade 1790
David Hume Of National Characters 175354
Malachy Postlethwayt Britains Commercial Interest Explained
Benjamin Rush A Vindication of the Address to the Inhabitants
James Tobin Cursory Remarks upon the Reverend Mr Ramsays
William Wilberforce The Speech of William Wilberforce