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A Slave Narrative. Olaudah Oquiano. By Anh Jesus Cindy Efvilinard Mr. Curry’s 5 th Grade. A Slave Narrative. Olaudah Oquiano.

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A Slave Narrative

Olaudah Oquiano

By

Anh

Jesus

Cindy

Efvilinard

Mr. Curry’s 5th Grade

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A Slave Narrative

Olaudah Oquiano

He was the son of an Odi chief in Benin, Africa. When he was 11 years old, he was kidnapped. Later that year, he was sold to a slave trader who took him to America in chains. He worked as a slave in a field and at sea as a slave sailor. Later his master took him to live in England.

Eventually he bought his freedom and he became an abolitionist leader and wrote an autobiography.

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Olaudah Oquiano's Timeline

  • 1745: Born into freedom in Benin, the son of a chief
  • 1756: Taken into slavery at age 11
  • 1756: Forced onto a ship and sails for America
  • 1756-1766: Enslaved as a Slave Sailor
  • 1766: Freed from slavery
  • 1797: Dies in Freedom
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Olaudah Oquiano

At age 11, Oludah was kidnapped and taken as a slave. As he writes: “One day, when all our people were gone out to their works as usual, and only I and my dear sister were left to mind the house, two men and a woman got over our walls, and in a moment seized us both, and, without giving us time to cry out, or make resistance, they stopped our mouths, and ran off with us into the nearest wood. Here they tied our hands, and continued to carry us as far as they could, till night came on, when we reached a small house, where the robbers halted for refreshment, and spent the night. .. Why are parents to lose their children, brothers their sisters, or husbands their wives? Surely, this is a new refinement in cruelty, which, while it has no advantage to atone for it, thus aggravates distress, and adds fresh horrors even to the wretchedness of slavery. “

(from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Oludah Oquino)

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Conclusion

Oquiano was able to educate people about the evils of slavery by speaking out and by the book he wrote.

He experienced freedom, slavery and freedom once again.

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Credits and Bibliography

http://vi.uh.edu/pages/mintz/3.htm

http://sjteach.org/slavery

http://school.discovery.com/schooladventures/slavery/equiano_childhood.html