An Early Slave Narrative
Purdue University Calumet
Can you imagine leaving your home only to never return, or leaving your home and being attacked and taken off to work for no pay or gratitude. Around the 1700’s this happened to many young men when slavery was popular not only in the United States, but surrounding countries. Around 1734 the Narratives of a young man name Ayubah Suleiman Diallo also known as JOB was captured by Thomas Bluett when a chance meeting happened Between the two men and from this meeting Bluett was instrumental in freeing Ayubah and sending him home to Africa. ( )
This story bring to mind questions of good and evil in this word. Was Ayubah evil? He was out selling slaves himself when he was taken captive. Did he deserve to be given a chance at freedom, or was this karma for all the slaves he had captured with his father and sold. Then who was Thomas Bluett? Wikipedia states “Bluett gained lasting renown by the encounter with an African slave, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, in 1731. While in jail in Annapolis, Ayuba was visited by Thomas Bluett. Thomas became impressed with him and, through another slave acting as interpreter, wrote Ayuba's biography "Some Memoirs of the Life of Job, the Son of Solomon, the High Priest of Boonda in Africa; who was a Slave about Two Years in Maryland; and afterwards being brought to England, was Set free, and Sent to His Native Land in the Year 1734", which was published in London 1734. Bluett died in 1749.” ( )
I think Thomas Bluett writing about Ayuba puts him in a good light. His intentions may have been for our benefit. How would we have known anything like this happened in history if it was not for people like Bluett. It also tell a story of how good natured he was in the Memoir when it speak about the chance encounter of the two men meeting and how Thomas helped Ayubah...
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