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The Stories Of Alex Haley And Olaudah Equiano

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This first section is personal story from two different people. The first one is about Alexander Haley was just as curious about his ancestor as any one else was about his/her own. As a child, Alex listened to stories told by his grandma and five others, who he later discovered he had been related to them. The stories told of an African who had been captured from his village while chopping wood to make a drum. His 'name' was Toby, but when slaves referred to him it had to be Kinte. He tried escaping slavery numerous times and at one point he had to choose between castrated and losing a foot. After losing his foot, he was given to his masters brother, who basically saved his life. Kinte worked in the vegetable garden then later worked as the buggy driver. He taught his daughter many words from his native tongue and told her stories from his childhood. Eventually, she was traded away to a new plantation. When she had kids of her own, she passed down the stories to them and they did the same. It turned out that Kinte was Alex's grandma's great-great-great-great grandfather. Years later as Alexander was leaving London, this story crossed his mind. Soon he began a wild goose chase for the history of Kinte's language. The search brought his many places, but the place that put the puzzle together was a little village called Juffure where he spoke to a griot about the story of the Kinte clan. There he linked the story his grandma told and the griot's story to discover where his ancestor was from. The second story is about Olaudah Equiano. At the age of 11, Equiano's childhood was taken away from him when , while watching his home with his sister, Two men and a woman captured them and ran off into the woods. The day after Equiano and his sister were forcefully torn apart from one another, never to see each other again. Often being traded to different masters, Equiano's first real 'home' was with a man, his wives and children. Once his master's first wife and only daughter died from a disease, the man became very crazy and depressed. Soon after getting better, Equiano was then sold to other family in the British southern colonies where he found different people from different nations. One day, he was taken to a river and sent on a canoe to go over the river. After traveling several months, by land and by water, he reached the sea coast. In that moment he saw a slave ship waiting to be filled. Every thing different about white men scared him so much that he thought he'd be eaten by them. On the ship he received many beatings and cuts from the white men. Soon the reached the Barbados, where old slaves got on and explained what was happening. Equiano and the rest of the slaves were then put in parcels and sent to the merchant's custody, where he watched families and friends being sold to different masters.
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