“The Horrors of a Slave Ship,” describes in detail, the tragic experiences of Olaudah Equiano as a captive slave. Equiano suffered many sleepless nights; he was flogged and kidnapped multiple times. In the article, the author is trying to give the reader the feeling by giving details of the brutally floggings and desperation as many slaves suffocated to death as they were placed in an overcrowded deck. Overall, the author tries to give readers their point across of the difficulties in being a captive slave. At age eleven Equiano’s happiness had a turning point as he was kidnapped along with his sister. They were treated brutally and were forced to do dangerous jobs. If orders were not followed, they were flogged unmercifully. Later, they were separated as they served different masters. He later reunited with his sister when they had the same master. They cried of happiness as their mournful days were over; unfortunately, they were torn apart once again. His pain and anxiety was worse of what he had experienced after her fate. Equiano describes the many days he traveled and the frequent change of masters. He was sold back and forth in the West Indies and England. However, he came into a town called Tinmah in Africa. He then served a wealthy widow. Receiving many benefits as in eating with them and being dressed well, he forgot he was a slave and became adopted to the wealthy family. He was kidnapped again; however, this time, he arrived to a ship where slaves were being marketed. There were thousands of slaves chained under the deck as they were going to be shipped over the “Middle Passage” or across the Atlantic Ocean. The slaves suffocated as there was little room to even move or breathe. The filth and heat brought sickness to the people; therefore, they cried and groaned as they slowly died. Equiano preferred his former slavery instead of the situation he was living on the deck. Not only were blacks treated brutally but also the white people that misunderstood
The Horrors of a Slave Ship
Due Date: 3/8/13
The article, The Horrors of a Slave Ship, is first person point of view account of the capturing of Olaudah Equiano. He tells the story of how he was captured from his home while his parents were away to be used as a slave. The article starts off with Olaudah and his sister being captured while their parents were away. They were taken into the woods, tied up, and forced to travel bound without food. After….
decades (Burnside and Robotham 1997), chapter 8 of The Slave Ship titled “The Sailor’s Vast
Machine” contains a learned and astute description of work and suffering at sea. What sticks out
is violence, and the shocking degree to which physical and emotional terror was used as a tool
for control and psychosexual masochism. Rediker rightly points out that both captives and crew
were being exploited by the captain, officers, and sponsors of slave ship voyages, without going
so far as to suggest that….
The Slave Ship by Marcus Rediker is a great fiction novel that describes the horrifying experiences of Africans, seamen, and captains on their journey through the Middle Passage. The Middle Passage marked the water way in the Atlantic Ocean between Africa and the Americas. The use of slaves provided a great economy for the European countries due to the fact that these African slaves provided free labor while cultivating sugar cane in the Caribbean and America. Rediker describes the slave migration….
THE SLAVE SHIP OF 1840
BY J.M.W. TURNER
The painting is of a slave ship that got caught up in a bad storm. A mass of dark clouds fill the sky with a fiery sunset in the middle. The water is troublesome announcing a Typhon is coming. For the slavers to save themselves and the ship; they start throwing overboard the dead and dying before the Typhon sweeps their decks. In those days the ship carrying the slaves kept them on the bottom of the ship chained up, and malnourished….
journal article, ‘The Revolt On The Slave Ship Creole: Popular resistance to slavery in post-emancipation Nassau’ was written by Edward Eden. Dr. Edward Eden is a professor of English at Hanover College, Indiana, U.S.A. This article was taken from the ‘Journal of the Bahamas Historical Society, October 2000,’ pages 13 through 20.’ As penned by the author the main purpose of this article is to familiarize its Bahamian readers with the revolt on the slave ship Creole in an effort to solicit sources….
The conditions on a slave ship were truly quite devastating. There are many reason as to
why this is true. One reason is that there was not a great amount of space. Another reason was
that there was a stench. Also, the slaves already knew what they were going to have to do when
they reached the New World. The last reason is that the slaves were treated quite poorly.
There was not a significant space for living conditions. Because of this, slaves had to
endure being on the ship for about eight weeks and stay in a prone position….
History of Theatre II
April 20, 2015
Experimental theatre or avant garde theatre was a big deal in the 1960s because of the social, political, and economical issues at that time. One of these major issues at that time was the African American equality movement. Amiri Baraka, a poet and dramatist, focuses on this topic in his works. One of his most famous works, Slave Ship, is a one-act play that is the epitome of experimental theatre. It uses the elements of….
The Slave Ship
Slavers Overthrowing the Dead and Dying - Typhon coming on (“The Slave Ship”)
Turner, John Mallord William (1775-1851)
Romantic Landscape Painter
1840; Oil on canvas, 90.8 x 122.6 cm; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
"Aloft all hands, strike the top-masts and belay;
Yon angry setting sun and fierce-edged clouds
Declare the Typhon's coming.
Before it sweeps your decks, throw overboard
The dead and dying - ne'er heed their chains
Hope, Hope, fallacious Hope!
the Mendi tribe, wrote to John Quincy Adams. Kale, coming from nothing, learned enough English while abroad then Amistad Slave Ship. Africans of the Mendi tribe struggled to regain freedom after Spanish abuse.
Sometime in January of 1839, hundreds of Africans were captured near Sierra Leon. The Africans were beaten and blindfolded. They were then boarded onto a Portuguese ship, called Tecora. The journey to Havana, Cuba lasted several long months. Many passengers faced viciousness from the captains….
The slaves were packed aboard a slave ship then taken across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. This journey took about six to eight weeks. In the West Indies, slaves were either sold through auction or prearranged sales.
Overcrowded conditions were the norm aboard a slave ship, as the captains attempted to maximize the profits. The slaves were kept in crampt condition with little more than a sitting room. Only shelves being about 18" deep were built to accommodate the slaves. Overcrowded conditions….