It was because of race that the adventures of Equiano had begun. White slave traders had stolen Equiano from his family and homeland. He was then sold into slavery. In his narrative, The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings, he writes about the races he had encountered and leaves the reader to interpret how he perceived them. What is more important, he is able to show how, throughout his life, he learns to understand and analyze different races and cultures. From his days as a slave, to his religious interests, to his promoting an end to slavery, Equiano learned from his racial and cultural encounters. He learned about different races and how to interpret the differences.
I had to read this book for an African American History class and found that although the first few chapters were a bit tedious, the writing gets more interesting later in the book. The last 3 or 4 chapters caught my attention as his Christianity really flourished and he began to see the wrongs that were being done in a different light. Knowing that the story is true and written specifically for knowledge of the events that took place in the 17th century, the writings Equiano penned were painful, creative and raw. It is hard to believe someone had to "purchase" their own freedom; and even after he had his release papers, he was still not free from a European's wrath, as the African could not legally defend himself against a white man. His strength in his beliefs and bravery to face these European "christians" and chastise them for their hypocricy amazed me. A book worth reading if you like history and truth.