Both Equiano and Douglass were strong advocates for the abolition of slavery throughout their lives. Although these slaves were living in different areas of the world, they both experienced inhumane treatment from whites. As a result, they both knew that bondage needed to end or otherwise the whites would take absolute control of the black society in the future. Equiano strongly develops an argument that abolition would be a worldwide benefit. He claims, “The abolition of slavery would be in reality an universal good. Tortures, murder, and every other imaginable barbarity and iniquity are practised [sic] upon the poor slaves with impunity” (156). These statements present his view of enslavement, but also explain the anguish that slaves at the time were experiencing. Fre...
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...eir works both describe the tortures of slavery and their support of abolition of slavery. At sea and on land, these writers were faced with countless extreme conditions throughout their lives. Equiano states in his narrative, “I foresaw . . . future hopes of freedom” (79). Through dreams of independence like this one, Douglass and Equiano worked tirelessly during the era of realism to ensure that everyone living in today’s world would experience liberty.
Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Cornhill: Anti-Slavery Office, 1845. iBook file.
Equiano, Olaudah. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. London: Union-Street, 1797. iBook file.
Longo, Julianne. “Frederick Douglass vs. Olaudah Equiano.” Salesianum School. English Department, Wilmington, DE. 6 February 2014. Lecture.
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