Olaudah Equiano: A Case of Mistaken Identity

Olaudah Equiano: A Case of Mistaken Identity

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Think about this rather surprising statement: It has been suggested that Olaudah Equiano may not have been born in Africa, but in South Carolina. If this were true, does his birthplace change the way we read and evaluate this memoir? Does this possibility affect its viability or reliability as a source on slavery and the slave trade?

Notes: ESSAY INSTRUCTIONS: Your submissions must be in proper MLA formatting. Essay One requires 1,000 words (plus 10%). Please do not exceed the maximum word count by more than 10% and do not go under. Academic writing requires discipline and the ability to edit one’s thoughts and ideas. Maintaining the word count will help with this skill.

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– When referring to works of literature, the source must be quoted or paraphrased to support the writer’s assertions.
– When quoting or paraphrasing lines in literature, follow the proper way to cite short stories, plays, or poems.
– Refer to the Tutorial and Student Studies Center in the APUS library for further information about MLA formatting and style.
NOTE: Do not write in first or second person narrative voice. Always write in third person narrative voice.
Work to be cited:
Boulukos, George E. “Olaudah Equiano and the Eighteenth-Century Debate on Africa.” Eighteenth- Century Studies 40.2 (2007): 241-55.
Stein, Mark. “Olaudah Equiano: Representation and Reality”: An International One-Day Conference. 38 Vol. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003.
Equiano, Olaudah. “From The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano Chapter 2 [Horrors of a Slave Ship]. The American Tradition in Literature. Vol. 2, 12th ed. Eds. George Perkins and Barbara Perkins. Boston: McGraw Hill. 17 February 2015


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