Analysis Of The Book ' Harriett Jacobs ' Essay

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Harriett Jacobs was an African American writer who escaped from slavery and was later

freed; she became an abolitionist speaker and reformer. Abolition was a movement to end

slavery. This book has a huge impact on readers because this writing could have shocked

readers. In this book there were two types of abuse physical abuse and mental abuse the mental

abuse was when they would do things like not allow the slaves to go believe in their religious

beliefs, physical was things like sexual abuse; however the thing that shocked readers most in the

book was all the talk about abuse based on the color of their skin.

First, this writing shocked readers because not many people understand quite how bad it

actually was for slaves especially black woman and how badly they were treated because they

were thought of as property. One example of this was in chapter V when she said, “no madder

weather the slave girl be as black as ebony or as fair as her mistress. In either case, there is no

shadow of law to protect her from insult, from violence, or even from death; all of these are

influenced by friends who bare the shape of men” (Jacobs, 20). This quote was important

because it showed that because the slave was black and a slave, that it was ok for her to be

abused in any way, including sexually. The slave owner could even get away with murder and

not even get a slap on the wrist. This could have shocked many readers because we look at

society today and if you even so as…

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