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However, what was new is that it was now a black man who held such virtues. Along with raising himself up to the position of hero, he was responsible for articulating a new image of Africans, and for "opposing black values to European ideas." This is a record of black achievement. In his work, the Africans in Iboe possess some of the noblest traits of humankind: diligence, order, physical fitness, intelligence, passion, and morality. This is, of course, a romanticized depiction of Africans, but it reflects Equiano's deliberate purpose: to combat racial stereotypes so that his readers see the Africans as humans and not chattel.
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