Harriet Jacobs Essay

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THE HAPPENINGS IN THE SLAVE GIRLS'S LIFE | November 6 2012 | EKATERINA PAUL | | Mrs. Nancy WerheimIs ENGL 1011-06 College Writing Exposition I "LIFE SO DEAR OR PEACE SO SWEET AS TO BE PURCHASED AT THE PRICE OF CHAINS AND SLAVERY? FORBID IT, ALMIGHTY GOD! I KNOW NOT WHAT COURSE OTHERS MAY TAKE, BUT AS FOR ME, GIVE ME LIBERTY, OR GIVE ME DEATH!" PATRICK HENRY As narrative enters, Lind Brent conveys the "irregular rich affairs" of her early immaturity before she knew she was a slave. Brent points out that she stayed blissfully unaware of her enslaved status until the age of six, when her mother passed away. My argument is that slaves got treated worse than the dirt under their feet and nobody paid any mind to it because apparently it was normal to treat humans like animals. Slaves were forced to live in unsanitary conditions without proper food or medical care. Families did not exist. Slaves were bred and children were often separated from their mothers. Slaves did all the work but did not receive pay. Female slaves were at the mercy of the white slave owners. Slaves had no legal or civil rights. It was against the law in most southern states to teach slaves to read or write. They could only marry with the owner's consent. Punishment of slaves was harsh and they had no way to defend themselves. This cruelty was Brent's life and the way she was taught to live. Stating this Brent shows the unawareness of her being a slave, that anything could happen: "Such were the unusually fortunate circumstances of early childhood. When I was six years old, my mother died; and then, for the first time, I learned, by the talk around me, that I was a slave (Brent 356)." It's never great to find out that you are something, not even a someone, by the people you don't even know. Linda was too young to understand why this was kept from her and why she found out

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