"You stupify them with stripes, and think it necessary to keep them in a state of ignorance; and yet you assert that they are incapable of learning; that their minds are such a barren soil or moor, that culture would be lost on them; and that they come from a climate, where nature, though prodigal of her bounties in a degree unknown to yourselves, has left man alone scant and unfinished; and incapable of enjoying the treasures she has poured out for him!"
— Equiano, Olaudah [Gustavus Vasa] (c. 1745-1797)
"—No peace is given
"To us enslav'd, but custody severe;
"And stripes and arbitrary punishment
"Inflicted—What peace can we return?
"But to our power, hostility and hate;
"Untam'd reluctance, and revenge, though slow.
"Yet ever plotting how the conqueror least
"May reap his conquest, and may least rejoice
"In doing what we most in suffering feel."
(I.v, pp. 224-7)
See The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself., 2 vols. (London: Printed and sold for the author, by T. Wilkins, 1789). <Link to Documenting the American South Edition><Link to Vol. I in ECCO-TCP><Link to Vol. II in ECCO-TCP>