Harriet Jacobs Feminism

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Harriet Ann Jacobs begins her autobiography by assuring the readers that her story “is no fiction. [She is] aware that some of [her] adventures may seem incredible; but they are, nevertheless, strictly true. [She has] not exaggerated the wrongs inflicted by Slavery; on the contrary, [her] descriptions fall far short of the facts.” Jacobs’ book is a fantastic autobiography that not only shows the realities of slavery, but shows it through the perspective of female slaves; for example, she wrote of how being pretty could be a slave girl's worst curse since just a jealous mistress is enough to make life miserable. The feminist tone that the book takes shows the tender and emotional side of slavery, how it ravages the innocence of young girls, and how it’s a poison to the perpetrators as well. Jacobs goes by the alias of Linda Brent in the book as she tells her story from when she was a naive little girl, not yet exposed to the cruel fate of enslaved girls, to when she was finally free. When she was little she played with the white children and was happy. As Linda grew older and her rose colored glasses lost their hue, her grandmother--a free slave--supported her through thick and thin. Compared to boys who were raised to be strong and tough, young girls destined for slavery were …show more content…
She makes her views of slavery crystal clear when she says that it is “a curse to the whites as well as to the blacks. It makes the white fathers cruel and sensual; the sons violent and licentious; it contaminates the daughters, and makes the wives wretched”. However, I think more than anything else she just wanted to bring awareness to the issue. She wanted white women in the north to see how enslaved women were suffering and stir up even more emotions during this crucial time period; it wasn’t necessarily a call for drastic action, but more like a plea for

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