Religion has a constant focus throughout the narration. In Equiano lifetime, historical events are presented throughout the narration. The African slave trade also known as the Atlantic slave trade is essentially the foundation and what brings hardship into his life. African men, women and children were taken from their native home and put on the market as slaves to be sold in the Caribbean, America and Europe (Skabelund) .He also makes several references to Barbados, as being one of the worst places for Africans to go (Equiano). The economy during the 18th century became prosperous because of the slave trade. Africans underwent poor living conditions and cruel punishment....
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...protection from the law and no respect was given to them. They were still seen and sometimes treated as slaves by the white man. Equiano was lucky enough to not experience as much of social injustice. However, during his voyages were able to witness some of this brutality. An example of this is provided by of story of Joseph Clipson. Joseph was a well-known free man who was accused of still being a slave by a captain although showing proof of his freedom papers. His freedom was then revoked and taken from his family (Equiano). Equiano personally experienced the severity of Southern American colonies and limited protection of a free man was when he was beaten for visiting his slave friend (Equiano).
The Life of Olaudah Equiano narrative, is story about his time in enslavement and as a free man. This also gives references to African history during the 18th century.
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