Harriet Jacobs: Life Of A Slave Girl

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Harriet Jacobs was born into slavery in the year 1813, in Edenton, NC. Her father was a white slave and her mother died when Harriet was six years old. Her grandmother was the person who raised her. When Harriet was twelve years old, she was sold to a Dr. James Norcom (Dr. Flint in her narrative). At first she “ was accustomed to share some indulgences with the children of her mistress.” She probably played with them as any child her age would. Treats for those children were most likely given to her as well. Harriet tried to perform her assigned duties to help ensure these favors continued. This was not to be… “ I now entered my fifteenth year-a sad epoch in the life of a slave girl.” Still more a child than a woman her master begins…show more content…
Free now both physically and mentally she began to write her narrative. She wanted people in the North to know the inhumanity slaves endured, especially women. The sexual abuse contents of her narrative kept it from being published for many years. Excerpts are published by Horace Greeley in The New Tribune. Greeley opposed slavery as morally deficient and economically regressive, and during the 1850s, he supported the movement to prevent its extension. Harriet Jacobs became a voice during this time for those brothers and sisters still enslaved. Her message in the North, was for them to stand against such inhumanity with larger numbers and greater voices, what she attempted to do with her pen. As a black man, I was moved by Ms. Jacob’s narrative. The idea of not being able to protect my mother or sisters from this horrendous treatment, gave thought to the slave men and their inability to stand up for those who I am sure, were precious to them…as mine are me today. My preference is not such much with television I prefer the written word…books, books, books. The anticipation, the escape, the knowledge!!! As a younger man, oh what I missed…the possibilities were, are

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