By Paula Fox
Luisa de l. a. Cueva was once born at the Caribbean island of Malagita, of a plantation owner's son and a local girl, a servant within the kitchen. Her years on Malagita have been candy with the wonderful thing about bamboo, banana, and mango timber with flocks of silver-feathered guinea hens beneath, the magic of a victrola, and the caramel flan that Mama sneaked domestic from the plantation kitchen. Luisa's father, fearing revolution, takes his kinfolk to big apple. within the barrio his once-powerful identify capability not anything, and the family members establishes itself in a basement tenement. For Luisa, Malagita turns into a dream. Luisa doesn't dream of going to school, as her good friend Ellen does, or of profitable the lottery, as her father does. She takes a role as a servant and, ironically, grows extra self reliant. She marries and later increases a son by myself. She works as a servant all her existence. A Servant's Tale is the tale of a lifestyles that's uncomplicated at the floor yet choked with intensity and richness as we come to understand it, a narrative instructed with consummate grace and compassion via Paula Fox.
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59–62). Olaudah Equiano makes the same distinction between slavery in Africa and the Atlantic Slave Trade. In his autobiography The Life of Olaudah Equiano, Equiano, who was a slave both in West Africa and the West Indies, argues that a slave in Africa is not a subhuman, but is instead comparable to an indentured servant: the slave (usually a prisoner of war) worked for his master for an agreed number of years and was then free to go back to his people or to stay in that community. Equiano describes the condition of servitude among the Ibo of Nigeria: “they were only prisoners of war, as such among us as had been convicted of kidnapping, or adultery, and other crimes as we esteemed heinous” (Equiano 7).
Smedley remarks that the degradation of the African is “best understood in the broadest historical context, encompassing economic and material explanations along with cultural-historical ones,” namely the English “belief in their own superiority, which already bordered on racism fed by a newfound and sometimes fanatical Anglo-Saxonism” (Smedley 101–102) But to what extent can we hold Africans accountale for the Atlantic Slave Trade? Does servitude in Africa justify the Atlantic Slave Trade? Given the difference between African servitude and chattel slavery in the New World, the European excuse for slavery is insupportable.
Henry Smeathman. The latter had visited Sierra Leone and had proposed an agricultural settlement for London’s poor Blacks and Whites. On April 8, 1787, under the auspices of Captain T. Bouldon Thompson, 411 immigrants left for Sierra Leone. The settlers arrived on May 10, and after negotiating for land with King Tom of the Sierra Leone Peninsula, the immigrants were given two hundred square miles of coastal land (where they erected the British flag) in exchange for about fifty-nine British pounds worth of goods such as beads, iron bars, tobacco, and rum.