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Jonathan M. Yeager

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.001.0001

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Salvation Comes to a Sailor

Salvation Comes to a Sailor

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Early Evangelicalism

Olaudah Equiano

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This chapter presents excerpts from Olaudah Equiano's The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African (1789). Equiano, also known as Gustavus Vassa, was a former slave from Nigeria who became a celebrity in Britain in the last quarter of the century. In May 1772, he joined an expedition led by Constantine John Phipps toward the North Pole, with the goal of finding a shorter route to India. Convinced that he narrowly escaped death during the Arctic voyage, Equiano searched for spiritual guidance when he returned to London in 1773. He began attending St. James's Anglican parish church at Piccadilly and looked into Quakerism, Roman Catholicism, and Judaism. Equiano also devoted his life to the abolitionist movement in England, working with Thomas Clarkson, William Wilberforce, Granville Sharp, and others in helping to end the Atlantic slave trade in Britain.

Keywords:   abolitionist movement, Olaudah Equiano, Gustavus Vassa, Nigeria, Britain, England, slave trade

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