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Slavery in Africa

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S: Olaudah Equiano

FC: African Slavery

1: African Slave Trade Intro | Slavery was usually used as a punishment for big crimes such as kidnapping or adultery. As the demand for slaves grew, traders began kidnapping woman, men, and children and selling them into slavery. Slaves were not meant to be enslaved for life. African slaves were paid wages and were able to accumulate property.They often bought their own freedom and could then achieve social promotion, just as freedman in ancient Rome. One example of a slave who bought their own freedom was Olaudah Equiano.

2: Olaudah Equiano | Olaudah Equiano was born in 1745 in what is now Nigeria. Olaudah and his sister were roughly seized and their mouths were stopped with dirty cloths to stop them from yelling out. Sacks were also placed on their heads, and they were both carried away from their village. After a while there hands were tied up behind their backs. Although they were offered food the first night, the children were unable to eat. They were too sick from fear, and the dirty cloths made their mouths taste funny. After a few days Olaudah and his sister were both sold into slavery split up and slaves to different families.

3: During the time that Olaudah was in slavery, he was treated most times kindly. He was given simple household tasks to do. In Africa, slaves were respected and their status as part of family was valued. Olaudah soon found out that it was much different. Eventually Olaudah was sold to a different trader. Because Olaudah was still young, he was not chained like the other men would, although he was dragged aboard the ship. As soon as he got onto the ship he saw a large copper pot above a furnace. He thought he was going to be eaten alive, so he got scared and fainted on deck. As soon as he came around, he saw that their were other black men aboard the ship, so he knew that he wasn't going to be eaten. | Reality of slavery for Olaudah

4: Slavery in Africa today | Slavery in Africa continues today. Slavery existed in Africa before the arrival of the Atlantic slave trade, as did an internal African slave trade and an Arab slave trade. Despite being illegal in all African countries, slavery continues in parts of Africa and the rest of the world.

5: Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_modern_Africa The worksheet you gave us.

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