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

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African American Literature Jacquelyn J. Jones University of Phoenix ENG/301 Professor Eziekiel Jarvis African American Literature during the Antebellum Period “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl”, was written by Harriet A. Jacobs sometime before 1861 during the Antebellum Period. This story was written during a time when racism, colonialism and inequality were rampant. African people were suffering from having their families torn apart. “Slavery is terrible for men; but it is far more terrible for women” (Jacobs, 1861). Men were taken from their families and sold to slave masters. Women were constantly violated physically as well as sexually. This story played a major role in exposing the heartaches and pains, and just inhumane treatment that slaves received at the hands of their owners. Jacobs was a slave girl who suffered many traumatic experiences in the hands of her slave master. She eventually fled from her master, but remained on the plantation in hiding to watch after her children. Although the text does not go into…show more content…
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