Essay about Harriet Jacobs 's A Slave Narrative

1410 Words Nov 7th, 2016 6 Pages
Harriet Jacobs was an African-American woman, who was born in Edenton, North Carolina in 1813. During the time she was alive, Harriet Jacobs was an abolitionist speaker and writer. She was the first woman to author a slave narrative in the United States of America (Jacobs, 221). When writing her slave narrative Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, her intended audience was white women. She wanted white women from the North to understand what African- American female slaves were going through. Harriet Jacobs’s successful struggle freedom, not only for herself but for her two children, represented no less profoundly a black woman’s indomitable spirit. (Jacobs, 221) In her slave narrative, she keeps her identity a secret to protect herself. In her slave narrative, Harriet Jacobs uses the name “Linda Brent”.
Harriet Jacobs slave narrative, explains how she escaped slavery and later freed herself from the torture and pain she went through. She was born into slavery, but she did not know she was a slave until she was six years old. She lived a pretty good life and happy childhood with her mother, father, and brother. This is why did not know she was a slave until her mother died. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is the only nineteenth-century slave narrative whose genesis can be traced, through a series of letters from Jacobs to various friends and advisors (Jacobs, 222). She wrote the slave narrative, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl to help readers understand what…

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