Classic Slave Narratives: Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl By Harriet Jacobs

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I read The Classic Slave Narratives: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, pages 405-410 as well as my assigned reading 425-445 plus Chapter 1 which was written and experienced by Harriet Jacobs, who is known in this book as Linda Brent due to the fact that she used fictitious names for her many different characters in order to protect their identities. This book was also updated by a well know author named Lydia Maria Childs. Harriet Jacobs was born into slavery in 1813 in Edenton, North Carolina to her parents Elijah and Delilah. In Chapter 1 Jacobs states that “I was a born a slave, but I never knew it till six years of happy childhood had passed away,” (Jacobs, 413) at a young age her parents passed away, leaving Harriet under …show more content…
In chapter 5 and 6 we get into her life while in the Flint’s household as she endures the sexual harassment from Dr. Flints and is trying to cope with the many vile things he says and do to her. Dr. Flints had many high paying offerings from Harriet including from her grandmother, but he was so possessive of her that he would say “she doesn't belong to me. She is my daughter’s property, and I have no right to sell her.” At the age of fifteen Dr. Flints began to whisper foul words to her and wanted to be intimate with her but she is reluctant and doesn’t want to be involved with him at all. So when finding out that she was not going to give in he came up with a different plan which involved his daughter who was the young mistress, she was appointed to, so by giving Linda the title of night servant for his daughter while in his apartment it meant that she would be closer to him. After a while, he started to bring his daughter into his own room which meant that Linda would have to sleep in his room to watch over his daughter. When Mrs. Flint found out about this whole setup she was hurt, angry, and wanted to get the real story behind this setup. So she made Linda swear before GOD to tell her the truth about what’s had been going on with her and Dr. Flint which Linda does just that by explaining it …show more content…
After finding out about the many dirty deeds her husband is into she seems like she is going to protect Harriet from him, but I then learn that Dr. Flint is manipulative which caused Mrs. Flint anger to be geared towards Harriet. Consequently, nothing changed Dr. Flint still began to pursue Linda but this time he tried to get into her mind by saying things such as “Have I ever treated you like a negro” or “Did I not take you into the house and make you the companion of my own children.” I believe that Linda is a credible source because this is her life experience and being that she is able to explain the many things she endured growing up as a slave. Another reason why I believe her to be credible is the fact that she was an abolitionist speaker and a reformer which comes with much credibility. However, in the book, it states that people believed it to not being Credible but a reviewer from the Anti Slavery Advocate stated that it was, in fact, a true story being that he was an extended friend and vouched for her in 1861. Yet it wasn't till scholar Jean Fagan Yellin in 1981 researched and found credible information and truly explained and proved the authenticity of the

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