A Slave 's Freedom By Harriet Jacob Essay

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A Slave’s Freedom

A slave girl has all the ideas and prejudices against her just as a man does, but she also has more. A slave girl doesn’t only just have the harsh whippings and name calling like a man. She has to deal with sexual harassment, and sometimes even rape. She not only has to deal with her dignity and sense of self being ripped away, but her family being ripped apart. Harriet Jacob’s dealt with all the oppressions of slavery with outstanding bravery and by thinking quick on her feet and created her own freedom. Jacob’s not only outsmarted her family and friends surrounding her, she most importantly outsmarted Dr. Flint. Without this Jacob’s would have never been free. To get in the mindset of how awful the beginning of Harriet Jacob’s life was and the oppression she had to over come, we must first meet her master, Dr. Flint. Harriet Jacob’s stands up to a man that would make most people shake. Jacob’s explains that her master “…was a crafty man, and resorted to many means to accomplish his purposes. Sometimes he had stormy, terrific ways, that made his victims tremble; sometimes he assumed a gentleness that he thought must surely subdue… He peopled my young mind with unclean images, such as only a vile monster could think of. I turned from him with disgust and hatred.” (Jacobs, 26). The idea of Jacob’s standing up to her master was no small feat for any slave, but standing up this to this man took incredible courage. Being a slave was obviously very brutal…

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