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Equiano's Nativity Summary

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Ben-Zvi, Yael. "Equiano's Nativity: Negative Birthright, Indigenous Ethic, and Universal Human Rights." Gale Power Search. Gale Student Resources, 2013. Web. 14 Sept. 2015. The essay begins by illustrating the basic background of how some Christians chose to diminish the value of African, or Indian, lives so that they could enslave them with a clean conscience. Yael comments that he believes Equiano was critiquing negative birthright presented by Europeans, and encouraged the reconstruction of African history. Yael believes Equiano was born in America, but still painted Equiano in a positive light, explaining that the writing was morally sound, however hinted that Equiano was too educated to be from Africa. This source was extremely helpful, albeit, a little long-winded, as it went into depth of each point. It…show more content…
He admits that there are baptismal and naval documents which indicate he was born in South Carolina. However, he argues that there is information on facial markings (ichi) and cultural features which are recounted in Equiano's(also called Vassa) account. The writer also says that Equiano had first-hand experience of his Igbo homeland and that he was about the age he thought he was at the time of his forced departure. I do not find this source very reliable, as there are no outside sources or references. The 'abstract' was bias in the fact that although he presented concrete evidence that Equiano was born in South Carolina, he still argued that he could have been born in Africa because of some markings. The writer does not present a convincing argument, since it is only a paragraph long, and assures me that Equiano was indeed born in America. Stiehm, Jamie. "Classic Slave Narrative: Fact or Fiction? ; Maryland Professor Disputes Parts of Equiano's 18th-century Tale of Middle Passage: [FINAL Edition]." ProQuest. The Sun, 22 Sept. 2005. Web. 14 Sept.
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