The first story told of slaves. Now we follow the story of one of those slaves, a eleven year old boy named Olaudah. He was the youngest of seven children. His last free day for eleven years seemed like a normal one. His parents went to work.
After his parents were gone, however, warriors from another tribe took him and his sister. They dragged them into the woods before anyone could see them. They tied his hands and carried him until nightfall.
Yeah, good money for this batch, probably.
Olaudah set off on a long journey, passing from owner to owner. Once, he tried to run away, but he failed. Eventually, for the first time of his life, he saw the ocean. He was about to be sold into slavery-again.
When he was being taken over the ocean, Olaudah became convinced that the slave traders were evil spirits. How else could they propel this mass of wooden boards through the water so easily?
During the voyage, Olaudah is tossed below deck. He is very frightened and can't find anyone who speaks his language. When at first he refuses food, he is beaten by the traders.
In America, Olaudah is sold many more times until he goes to sea as a slave, hauling things. Soon he will learn to read and write his autobiography. Later he will take a new name: Gustavus Vassa. He bought freedom and joined a slave rights movement.