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Summary Of From Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl By Harriet Jacobs

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The experience of slavery is very different for men and women. In the writing From Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) by Harriet Jacobs we learn about her personal story. She explains that she shared her experience for a special reason, she explains the reasoning as:
“But I do earnestly desire to arouse the women of the North to a realizing sense of the condition of two millions of women at the South, still in bondage, suffering what I suffered, and most of them far worse. I want to add my testimony to that of abler pens to convince the people of the Free States what Slavery really is” (Jacobs, 846-847).
The main focus of her story is the sexual abuse her slave owner put her through. Unfortunately, most female slaves were hopeless …show more content…

You’re probably wondering, why would Harriet think her master would care for the children she created with him? Perhaps that was her hope that she would be treated with more respect. and dignity. The idea of a father not caring for their offspring no matter what circumstances is not shocking to me. During this time period women took care of their children not the fathers. According to The Slave Experience: Men, Women, & Gender by Jennifer Hallam (2004), “They put their responsibilities for their children before their own safety and freedom, provided for children not their own, and gave love even to those babies born from violence” (Hallam, 2).
Jacobs portrays her motherly bravery later in her life story. In order to provide a better lifestyle for her children she decided to run away from slavery. For seven years she went into hiding at her free grandmother's house. Harriet hid inside the attic for years hiding from her master. Similar to Douglass, Harriet was brave enough to risk her lives for the improvement of others lives. The bravery of a mother during slavery is incredible, it takes a lot of courage to know that if you get caught by …show more content…

Most slaves believed in God and to think that they couldn’t even understand the Bible all because they were denied an education is mournful. It’s also very inspiring that throughout all of the degrading events that slaves went through they always had their faith with God. Although the first slaves to come into the United States had their own religious beliefs, while living their lives in America many of them converted to christianity. According to The Slave Experience: Religion (2004) by Kimberly Sambol-Tosco, “For instance, fugitive slaves from South Carolina, headed for Florida, where the Spanish Crown promised them freedom as a reward for conversion” (Sambol-Tosco,

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