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  1. The Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano
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Slavery accounts for one of the most disappointing errors in the history of America. Due to the lack of education maintained by slaves, few recordings from the perspective of a slave are available today. The Classic Slave Narratives edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. provides 4 different recollections of life prior to the abolition of slavery. Each narrative is expressed from a firsthand account. Olaudah Equiano, Mary Prince, and Frederick Douglass each provide credible accounts of daily slave life. The narratives include stories of slaves that managed to gain their freedom. Through each tale, the reader is offered insight regarding the and experiences of slaves. Two stories share comparable accounts of life during slavery. The Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano and the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass are comparable through detailed examination.

[...] Two stories share comparable accounts of life during slavery. The Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano and the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass are comparable through detailed examination. The Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano Olaudah Equiano provided the firsthand experience of an individual going from freedom to slavery. Equiano grew up as a free man in Africa. Olaudah was born in 1745 in Essaka, located in the African province of Eboe. (Equiano) His recollection of life in Africa is remarkable. [...]


[...] He compares the treatment of slaves to animals. Differences Frederick Douglas did not reveal experience of being free prior to slavery. This is because Frederick Douglas was born into slavery on Colonel Lloyd's plantation. Unlike Equiano, Frederick Douglas had to learn what slavery was from an internal perspective. Equiano was previously knowledgeable of slavery. He had a full understanding of the struggles he could potentially face. Frederick Douglas did not learn about life outside of slavery until he went to Baltimore and learned to read. [...]


[...] He saved money from ship caulking and eventually escaped to New York. Following his escape, Frederick Douglass moved once more to Massachusetts and began life as an abolitionist. Similarities Each narrative revealed multiple ownership and the different experiences with each. Both Frederick Douglas and Olaudah Equiano had multiple owners. With each owner came a different experience. According to Equiano, his best owners were the ones that practiced Christianity. Similar to Frederick Douglass, Equiano learned to read from a woman. Miss Guerins taught Equiano to read. [...]

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