Analysis Of The Book ' Mrs. Jacobs ' Essay

818 Words Nov 12th, 2015 4 Pages
Inspired by her hardships and trial during slavery, Mrs. Jacobs wrote this autobiography, recounting her experiences as a slave in the deep south and her eventual escape in the hopes of “[convincing] the people of the Free States what Slavery really is” (Jacobs 6). In this inspiring novel, Mrs. Jacobs gives us real insight into this ‘peculiar institution’, the means used to justify it, as well as the attitudes of Northerners and Southerners toward the subject. While it is mainly directed to Northern women in the hopes of increasing awareness and arousing sympathy from dissenters who would otherwise stay silent about the matter, SOMETHING.
Slaves during Harriet’s time were treated fairly poorly, especially in the Deep South. To varying extents, depending on their masters, culture, and immediate surroundings, slaves were physically and verbally abused on a daily bases. Depending on the ‘kindness’ or ferocity of their master(s), many were beaten and whipped for any ‘offences’ the master(s) felt they needed to punish, and some even to death. Many slave women (and girls) were physically and sexually abused by their masters. Many slaves bore mulatto children fathered by their masters; and despite this fact, many slave holders kept the children, their own blood, slaves. Many slaves had a long history of bondage, and very few were friend by their master’s will. As they were largely considered and treated as property, were constantly separated and sold at auctions. Most slaves only…

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