Autobiography and Memory: Gustavus Vassa, alias Olaudah Equiano, the African

  title={Autobiography and Memory: Gustavus Vassa, alias Olaudah Equiano, the African},
  author={P. Lovejoy},
  journal={Slavery \& Abolition},
  pages={317 - 347}
  • P. Lovejoy
  • Published 2006
  • Sociology
  • Slavery & Abolition
Recent scholarship has raised doubts about whether or not abolitionist Olaudah Equiano, who was known in his own lifetime as Gustavus Vassa, was born in Africa. While baptismal and naval documents indicate that he was born in South Carolina, it is argued here that his autobiographical account is nonetheless accurate, although allowing for reflection and information that was learned later in life. Information on facial markings (ichi) and other cultural features that are recounted in Vassa's… Expand
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