Olaudah Equiano Recalls the Middle Passage

Sign up for free access to this entire collection
Olaudah Equiano

Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797), known by people as Gustavus Vassa, was a freed slave turned prominent African man in London. Equiano became an abolitionist and began to record his life story after being freed. This text is an excerpt from Equiano’s autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, in which Equiano tells the tale of his brutal voyage across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. As you read, take note of Equiano’s use of imagery and figurative language to depict his experience on the ship. This excerpt is for grade 9 readers. This text can be found in the public domain.

“Cornerstone” Speech
Article 1, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution

Reading Presentations Library