This document supplements Episode 2 of the History of American Slavery, our inaugural Slate Academy. Please join Slate’s Jamelle Bouie and Rebecca Onion for a different kind of summer school. To learn more and to enroll, visit slate.com/academy. Olaudah Equiano, the biographical anchor of the second episode in our History of American Slavery podcast series, was a sailor, merchant, explorer, and a formerly enslaved person who bought his freedom at the age of 21. He published The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, in 1789. The book—a model for later slave narratives—packs memories of Africa, observations of the cruel treatment of enslaved workers in the West Indies, tales of travel to Italy, Turkey, Central America, and the Arctic, and the story of Equiano’s conversion to Christianity into one incident-filled memoir. Read about Equiano’s epic book tour and his influence on the British abolitionist movement in an excerpt from our guest Adam Hochschild’s book, Bury the Chains. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. And in that shal...