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Olaudh Equiano Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas have all been described as abolitionists Equiano is the eldest of the three and his writings were a model for slave narratives Douglas is very similar to Equianoe in a way that they are both descriptive Lincoln is different because he is the only caucasian one out of the three Equiano was sold for slavery out of Nigeria at the age of twelve His sister was also taken at the same time Equianos name was changed as he went through American masters One name that he was given was Gustavus Vassa He later used this name in the title of his book Equianos Travels The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavas Vassa the African In this book he tells of the terrible ordeals that he endures while he is on the slave ship In one of his lines he states that one of them held me fast by the hands and laid me across I think the winlass and tied my feet while the other flogged me severely pg 216 He also tells of when three men jumped overboard to try and drown themselves how the crew of the ship went after them and there was such a noise and confusion amongst the people of the ship as I never heard before to stop her and get the boat out to go after the slaves However two of the wretches were drowned but they got the other and afterwards flogged him unmercifully for thus attempting to prefer death to slavery pg 218 He later goes on to describe how he saved enough money to purchase his freedom from his master After he succeeded in doing this he became a strong abolitionist Whenever the chance arose Equiano took a strong stand in abolishing slavery Like Equiano Frederick Douglas was also black and he was very decscriptive in his writings
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