The Life of Olaudah Equiano

How does Equiano go about attaining, and then proving, his status as a free man? What does he need to do?

free man? how?

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After his daily slave duties, the industrious and thrifty Equiano worked at various private enterprises that eventually enabled him to save enough funds to purchase himself out of bondage. I believe that Equiano would have to prove his education (He learned to read and write on the ships).