The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African

Written By Himself

Author: Olaudah Equiano (Gustavus Vassa)
Published: 1789
Language: English
Wordcount: 83,646 / 229 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.1
LoC Category: CT
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 3,396
Added to site: 2005.03.18
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Origin: gutenberg.org
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er heard of white men or Europeans, nor of the sea: and our subjection to the king of Benin was little more than nominal; for every transaction of the government, as far as my slender observation extended, was conducted by the chiefs or elders of the place. The manners and government of a people who have little commerce with other countries are generally very simple; and the history of what passes in one family or village may serve as a specimen of a nation. My father was one of those elders or chiefs I have spoken of, and was styled Embrenche; a term, as I remember, importing the highest distinction, and signifying in our language a mark of grandeur. This mark is conferred on the person entitled to it, by cutting the skin across at the top of the forehead, and drawing it down to the eye-brows; and while it is in this situation applying a warm hand, and rubbing it until it shrinks up into a thick weal across the lower part of the forehead. Most of the judges and senators were thus marked; my

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2010.11.12
Shelby Wickham
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Very interesting book. It's amazing that all these things happened to one man and that he then used that knowledge to play a pivotal role in the abolishment of slavery.


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