This frontispiece appeared in many early editions of Olaudah Equiano’s autobiographical narrative. It conveys both his African birth, referenced in the title, and the British citizenship he claimed as an adult. He wrote that after he was captured and placed aboard a slaver he would have given anything to change places with a “slave” in his own country.
Circumstances More Complex Than Most Report
Africans sold other Africans into slavery, a complicity that has shamed black people on both sides of the Atlantic.
But did Africans know that the slavery to which they were accustomed was not the slavery that the Europeans had in store?
Could the situation have been more complex?
Historian Marcus Redike of the University of Pittsburgh says it was.
“Slavery was relatively widespread in West Africa during the era of the Atlantic slave trade, but it was a fundamentally different institution than the chattel slavery of the plantations in the Americas,” Redike told Journal-isms Monday by email.
“Slavery could, in certain instances be both violent and deadly in West Africa, but in the main it was a milder institution: it was more familial; it was less exploitative (because it was less geared to production for the world market); and it was easier to escape.Read More Here
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