Harriet Jacobs Slavery

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In the United States, slavery of the 1800s was a racial tyranny that exploited many African Americans. To expose the tyranny and torment caused by racial slavery, many authors such as Harriet Jacobs and Solomon Northrop have produce memoirs accounting their experiences with racism and abuse. Harriet Jacobs, the author of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, exposed her experience within the American Southeast and the implications of the color of her skin in her daily life. As a mother pushed to the brink in the face of slavery, her trials related to women raising children and illustrated the hard conditions placed upon families of color. Under the trails of enslavement, Jacobs endured cruel and unusual punishment for means beyond her control. Her story is one of thousands that document the true nature of a dark history of the United States. Harriet Jacobs’ account of her life and experience with slavery has a degree of appeal to the feminine audience. Through the name of Linda Brent, she illustrated the pain as only a mother could feel throughout this pressing situation. As a …show more content…
Confined by prejudice, and an institutional slavery system guided by acceptance by the tyrannical white supremacy of the American Southeast, slaves were not typically defiant. The case of Harriet Jacobs stands out in the History of American slavery, as a true stand against the system of slavery. Her actions even in hiding for solely the sake of her family, and with little to no attention to the African American racial advancement, illustrate that resistance was not to be successful unless it was strategic and planned. Her response to the induction of her children into the slavery system of the south, by hiding in the crawl space and orchestrating negotiations of the transaction of her children within the slave trade of the south show two distinct

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