Olaudah Equiano

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Olaudah Equiano

Olaudah Equiano, also known as Gustavus Vassa, was one of the most prominent Africans involved in the British abolition movement for the slave trade. Although he was enslaved as a young man, he purchased his freedom and worked in South America, the Caribbean, the Arctic, the American colonies and the United Kingdom as an author, merchant, and explorer....READ MORE

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...and I had a great curiosity to talk to the books, as I thought they did; and so to learn how all things had a beginning: for that purpose I have often taken up a book, and have talked to it, and then put my ears to it, when alone, in hopes it would answer me; and I have been very much concerned when I found it remained silent.

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