Venture Smith and Olaudah Equiano

Venture Smith and Olaudah Equiano were indeed very different

in their writing style and form. Although their text did not

have the same effect on the general population, hence

Smith’s work not being published in his lifetime, they

portrayed the same message in a very different format. Smith

is very straight forth and vivid in his recollection as well

as Equiano but without the edenic approach. I am amazed in

detail of both accounts being that they both were very young

when they were captured. When writing their stories, it

seems as though they both tried to appease the reader for

their own reasons. The fact that it is stated in the

beginning of Equiano’s narrative that there may be some

degree of untruth in his recollection, leaves a bias in the

back of ones mind. Fact or fiction, Equiano life the English

was not what what people would consider a normal life for a

slave during this time. The fact that slavery was different

in different parts of the world would account for Equiano

luck and Smith misfortune. Nevertheless, both men gained

their respective freedom and in Smith’s case, freedom for

his family.

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Hello all, my name is Gennitha Pounds and I am originally from Hazlehurst, Mississippi. Like most people in this area I am here due to military orders. I am taking this class because I decided on African American Studies for my minor although I do not have much prior knowledge. I would like to learn everything about my culture and my native land. I look forward to getting to know everyone.

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