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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano.docx

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HISA04 Nov. 12  Also known as Gustavas Vassa (name given to him by his first master, in Europe), Michael, and Jacob  Born in 1745, in Nigeria  Purchased his freedom 11 July 1766  He was educated and became part of abolition movement  His works were translated in many languages The Language of his Masters  His version of his story conforms to European ideas about history and the development of civilization o The “state of nature”: From an ideal state in Africa o “The dark ages”: The interruption of kidnapping, enslavement, Middle Passage o Civilization: Culmination in freedom of economic enterprise, scientific discovery, and devout Christianity Why would someone write an autobiography?  give a voice  to get attention  immortality  defend your character  money  to evoke sym
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