Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Olaudah Equiano

Works Discussed:
* Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

Topics Discussed:
* Slave Narrative: Similarities and Differences
* Role of Narrative: Emblem, Similarities to Franklin, Progress
* Significance of Capitalism/Entrepreneurialism
* Commodification of Humans
* View of Africa, Middle Passage, Significance of Experience in New World, Slavery
* Significance of Technology
* Enlightenment Idealism and Actual Practice
* Assesment of Equiano's "Heroism"

Due Next Class:
* Jefferson, from The Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson
* Paine, from Common Sense

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