9780857089137

The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano The Black History Classic

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  • ISBN13:

    9780857089137

  • ISBN10:

    0857089137

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2021-08-30
  • Publisher: Capstone
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DISCOVER THE INDIGNITIES AND REALITIES OF SLAVERY FROM A CAPTIVATING FIRST-HAND NARRATIVE

Olaudah Equiano’s interesting narrative is an astonishing first-hand account of kidnapping, enslavement and eventual emancipation that has horrified and enlightened readers for over 200 years. The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano is a seminal work in a genre that seeks to help us better shape the present by understanding our violent past.

An insightful Introduction from Atlantic slave trade expert Michael Taylor sheds light on Equiano’s life, including his spiritual conversion, his wide travels, and the impact of his writing on the eventual abolition of slavery.

Author Biography

Olaudah Equiano was an African writer and abolitionist whose experiences as a slave prompted him to become involved in the British antislavery movement. Born in the area that is now southern Nigeria, he was kidnapped with his sister at around the age of 11, sold by local slave traders and shipped across the Atlantic. After buying his freedom, Equiano worked as an explorer and merchant for 20 years, and eventually settled in England. He published his memoirs in 1789.

Michael Taylor is an historian of colonial slavery, the British Empire and the British Isles. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the British Library’s Eccles Centre for American Studies.

Tom Butler-Bowdon is Series Editor of the Capstone Classics series, and has provided Introductions for Plato’s Republic, Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, Machiavelli’s The Prince, Florence Scovel Shinn’s The Game of Life and How to Play It, and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. A graduate of the London School of Economics, he is also the author of 50 Economics Classics (2017) and 50 Politics Classics (2015).

www.butler-bowdon.com

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