A Narrative On The Life Of Frederick Douglass And Harriet Jacobs

1549 Words Nov 15th, 2016 7 Pages
During the 1800’s there were multiple conflicts, a major conflict in particular was the law of slavery. Slavery was very common in this time and the white slave owners would do whatever it took to break these slaves making them compliant with their owners will. Both Fredrick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs where slaves in the mid to late 1800’s in addition to this they were among the few free slaves who learned to read and write. Both Fredrick Douglass’s in “A Narrative on the Life of Frederick Douglass” and Harriet Jacobs in “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” could be considered great writers and Socially responsible. Which author was more socially responsible? On the contrary, Harriet Jacob’s “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” shows more social responsibility in her writing in comparison to Douglass. Douglass and Jacob’s come from the same time period and have very much in common. To understand who is more socially responsible you have to understand their history. Harriet Jacobs was born into slavery in the United States but her father worked away from his master under a contract stating he would pay his owner a certain amount of his yearly wages as a carpenter. Giving his owner a yearly payment to live on his own allowed him to do this. Because of this Jacobs had no idea she was a slave until she was around six years old. As she grew older she was sexually threatened by a doctor and because the doctor’s wife was jealous she would abuse and beat Jacobs (Jacobs…

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