Using specific examples from the accounts, discuss the responses of Gronniosaw and Equiano to enslavement. How were the accounts similar and how were they different?
Some questions to consider:
How do factors such as their ages at the time of enslavement affect their perceptions of events? Are there alternate ways to interpret their experiences?
How might their eventual freedom influence their discussions of their experiences as slaves?
Does conversion to Christianity influence Gronniosaw's discussion of what happened to him as a child? How does race figure in?
How does Equiano's experience aboard the slave ship shape his anti-slavery activism? How does he use the details of his narrative to further his anti-slavery goals?