Example research essay topic: Mans Inalienable Right Under God And Within A Republic – 830 words

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah
Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African written by
himself, explores the life of a native-born
African in pursuit of a life, liberty and freedom
in the English world. For the most part the
narratives purpose was to impress a formidable
audience: influential British officials. In
chapter twelve of the narrative, he put forth two
impressive arguments: the first economic rationale
and the second moral duty. Equianos paramount
argument petitioned Christians by calling on the
scriptures as evidence in the immediate necessity
to abolish slavery and simultaneously called in
question the ideology set forth in republicanism
and the denial thereof to victims of slavery.
Olaudah Equianos freedom ended as a young boy when
his fellow countrymen kidnapped and sold him into
slavery. In his report of the Middle Passage
Equiano gave his first impressions of the English
control – death of the body as well as the spirit.
This initial voyage ended in Barbados. After a
short time Equiano boards a ship headed for an
English colony of Virginia, where he would spend
the next seven years as a slave owned by Pascal.
During these seven years, he educated himself,
traveled with Pascal in the Royal Navy, and
converted to Christianity.

Subsequently he
purchased his freedom and in 1789 and shortly
after wrote his memoirs. His memoirs realized its
ultimate purpose in 1797 with the abolition of the
English slave trade. The memoirs reached varied
audiences, initially composed of American,
European, and religiously motivated abolitionists
but targeted the deliberators in favor of slavery
abolishment within the British government. His
composition of the narrative employed a strategy
of social desirability with an indication of
hypocrisy that targeted the concept of humanity,
the evolution of liberty and the ideals of
civilization. This strategy indirectly attacked
its readers with humility that in turn created
guilt in its captive audience. According to one
side of the issue, economic rationale appealed to
government officials in the governments quest to
acquire a large market for European products.
Equiano assured the officials with the premises
that African commerce is trading upon safe grounds
and commercial intercourse with Africa opens an
inexhaustible source of wealth to the
manufacturing interests of Great Britain; two
equally powerful assumptions put forth by an
African native with economic sensibility.

Equianos insight into the validity of
capitalization on, instead of enslaving a nation,
would certainly attract followers in the economic
arena. He argued that it was most advantageous to
capitalize within a nation instead of enslaving
it. On a larger scale, religious advocates far out
numbered economic advocates and the scriptures had
already provided the supreme rights and privileges
of man. Equiano converted to Christianity and
expected his religion and fellow parishioners to
provide sound proof that Man had the authority to
deny freedom and liberty to any human. The Bible
issued to him by Christians provided no such
authority. An argument built on Godly approach
would certainly attract followers on a larger
scale – humanity.

It is conceivable to argue with
economists, politicians and governments, but
unconceivable for Christians to stand against God.
One fear of the Christian Bible is noted when
Equiano reported how Portuguese officials
confiscated his Bible upon arrival and announced
the penalties for possession of the Bible, to be
imprisoned and flogged, and sent into slavery for
ten years. (142). In following the moral dilemma,
republicanism embodied the pursuit for liberty,
freedom, and equality, which contradicted the
institution of slavery. The critical argument in
support of republicanism and the fight for
independence nullified the enslaving of any
people(s). Slavery denied the fundamental policy
that the United States claimed to adopt, which
contradicted the actual functionality of
government and a civilized society. In 1776, the
American Declaration of Independence declares, all
men are created equal.

(198). The actual syntax
and semantics of the verbatim that addressed
slavery in officiated documents such as the
Constitution and Declaration of Independence set
forth suspicion as to the de-humanization of
slavery. Equiano humanized himself and man in his
narrative with words and morals. He civilized
himself with conviction and religion. He put forth
conventions written and spoken by government
leaders, religious clergy and society in black and
white and challenged this society to correspond to
them. All mankind has practiced a religion: a
moral code by which societies have succeeded or

Mans inalienable right under God and
under a Republic is to have access to life,
liberty and freedom. Of the two arguments, Equiano
put forth morality being the sounder of the two,
by proving that slavery was an immoral practice in
religion and in a republic. The Bible of the
Christians and the Declaration of Independence of
the Republic, two supremely accepted documents,
whereby the rules outlined within have survived to
present-day Man, provide the evidence in support
of his argument: condemnation of slavery is the
only moral option. Works Cited Equiano, Olaudah.
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah
Equiano. Ed. Robert J.

Allison. Boston: Bedford,

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