Analysis Of Harriet Jacobs Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl

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The extreme cruelty experienced by the victims of the South’s “peculiar institution” in Harriet Jacobs’ autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, reflect the inhumanity of the time period’s slave owners and the impact they had on their slaves both physically and mentally. Harriet’s transfer to the Flint’s household offers several examples of the malice the owners hold in quick succession. The Flint’s have their own ways of treating the cooks, both callous. Mrs. Flint spits into the pots and pans, rendering any food left within them . Dr. Flint force feeds the women, one time demanding that the cook eat their sick dog’s meal in turn making her ill as well. The same slave was restricted from seeing her nursing baby for extended
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