Olaudah Equiano was a slave since age 13. When he got to the age of 21 his owner allowed him to buy himself off of slavery, and in this story, he is telling us about how he felt about being a slave and how it was very horrible to be a slave on a ship with being starved, surrounded by sickness, and mistreatment. Benjamin Banneker letter to Thomas Jefferson was thought of as protest literature because he was writing an almanac to secretary of state Thomas Jefferson in recognition on how to abolish slavery should be. Banneker felt in Jefferson’s life he should agree with him that slavery was truly cruel and nothing but misery.”

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