Harriet Jacobs Essay

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Harriet Jacobs’ Narrative "I want to add my testimony to that of abler pens to convince the people of the Free States what slavery really is. Only by experience can any one realize how deep, and dark, and foul is that pit of abominations." After nearly seven years hiding in a storeroom crawlspace above her grandmother’s home, Harriet Ann Jacobs took a step that other slaves dared to dream. She secretly boarded a boat in Edenton, N.C., bound for Philadelphia, New York; eventually she reunited with her children and gained freedom. This young slave woman’s fight and faith were written in her autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself, self-published in 1861 under the pseudonym Linda Brent. In her narrative, family relationships ran through the whole story. It was what she fought for and why she fought so hard. Family is her faith throughout this journey, and she probably would not be able to pursue her freedom without it. It encouraged her to step on this path to freedom. In 1861, Harriet Jacobs published her narrative under the pseudonym. I was wondering when I read the preface the narrative, and she signed “Linda Brent” at the end. I was confused how actually wrote it until I read the whole story. Unlike most of the slaves whose lives were wiped off, Jacobs knew herself and her family pretty well. She didn’t even know she was a slave before the age six which was very rare. "[We] lived together in a comfortable home," she wrote in her autobiography, "and, though we were all slaves, I was so fondly shielded that I never dreamed that I was a piece of merchandise." Even after her mother died, her mistress took care of her so that she could still have a good time. It didn’t last very long after her ownership was transferred to Dr. James Norcom, who cause of a great deal of misery in Jacobs’ life. I think Harriet Jacobs wrote under Linda

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