Equiano says that the slaves’ separation from their loved ones is a “new refinement in cruelty,” and it “adds fresh horrors even to the wretchedness of slavery.” Why does he say these things?
He is saying that slavery is made even more horrible without family support, and support is removed just when it is needed most. ANALYZE & EVALUATE
Equiano’s book was a best seller in its time. Why do you think it was so successful at capturing the public’s interest? Why would his story have been useful to the cause of abolition?
The book described slavery through the eyes of a real-life slave. His story revealed the cruelty of slavery. It also showed the victims of slavery to be human beings with the same right to dignity as other people. CONNECT