The Horrors of a Slave
Rodolfo Villarreal Hist 1301 Midterm Paper
From the 17th century until the 19th century, almost twelve million Africans were brought to the New World against their will to perform back-breaking labor under terrible conditions. The rationalizations and defenses given for slavery and the slave trade were absurd and self-serving. Slavery was truly barbaric, and those who think that they can control what another group of people eat, where they sleep, whether they are to live or die, or even whether they are to be bought or sold, are acting on a totally inhumane level. This article is about Olaudah Equiano, a young who was captured and put into slavery at the age of eleven. Equiano's journey from slavery to freedom takes place over the next ten years, not just at a physical level, but at both a rational and religious level as well. An eleven year old boy was up ducted right along with his sister while his parents were out working the kidnappers took advantage of the situation and took them. And this was just the beginning of the horrific journey the poor boy experienced. They were both taken in the worst manner that you can think of, their mouths were covered, their hands were tied and they were carried into a small house where they stopped to rest. Soon after the worst thing happen to them they were departed from each other. The boy cried with grief for his sister, freedom, family, as his independence was taken from him. With many days of traveling without eating he finally got sold into the hands of his first master a man named Mr. Smith. He was put to work where he would search for gold and help around the house. As the months passed he...
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