In Olaudah Equiano's narrative about his life, we learn that he was kidnapped and sold as a slave. We often hear that slave owners keep their slaves for a while however, this is not the case. He was sold over and over again and was not in the same place for very long. What do you believe was the cause of him being repeatedly sold and not being kept in one place?
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Equiano always struggled for identity and self-determination, even as a slave. Equiano was finally able to fashion himself a true identity and discover a real sense of self. He made his own decisions regarding where he went and what sort of employment he pursued. He proved his worth at sea, and garnered the approbation of those around him. He resisted oppression and violence. He converted to Christianity and began to define himself in terms of that religion. He entered the public world of the British empire, becoming involved with the abolitionist movement. He worked to develop a fiercely individual identity, not beholden to any one creed but instead full of complications.This made him both a valuable and volatile commodity for slave-traders.