Robert J. Allison

Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano

Widely admired for its vivid accounts of the slave trade, Olaudah Equiano's autobiography -- the first slave narrative to attract a significant readership -- reveals many aspects of the eighteenth-century Western world through the experiences of one individual. The second edition reproduces the original London printing, supervised by Equiano in 1789. Robert J. Allison's introduction, which places Equiano's narrative in the context of the Atlantic slave trade, has been revised and updated to reflect the heated controversy surrounding Equiano's birthplace, as well as the latest scholarship on Atlantic history and the history of slavery. Improved pedagogical features include contemporary illustrations with expanded captions and a map showing Equiano's travels in greater detail. Helpful footnotes provide guidance throughout the eighteenth-century text, and a chronology and an up-to-date bibliography aid students in their study of this thought-provoking narrative.

“The introduction enlightens as well as intrigues. It enables students with no prior background in eighteenth-century history to see the book in its character as a work of Christian witness against slavery and the slave trade, and still leaves them eager to read it as an adventure story, too.”


— Fred Anderson
University of Colorado, Boulder

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A Concise History of the American Revolution
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Concise account of the Tea Party.
A concise account of the event that touched off the Revolution
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First encounters between the U.S. and the Muslim World
A short history of Cape Cod, and the men and women who have lived on its sandy hills.
Lecture series--DVD or CD
A 36-lecture course on Colonial America.

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