Summary Of Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl By Harriet Jacobs

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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. …show more content…
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 she and other slaves were going through during this time period. When Harriet Jacobs was six years old her mother died and she had to move in with her mistress, Aunt Marta. At the age of eleven years old, Harriet Jacobs mistress died. When her mistress died, she was sold to a girl who is only five years old. After she is sold she then moves into Dr. Flint home, who become her …show more content…
Flint, who was “Linda Bent”, master began to have a physical relationship with her. One of her main focus in her slave narrative is the sexual abuse Dr. Flint had on her, in an article I found online called “Thinking Souls: Book Review: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, discusses and analyzes that “Linda Brent” was physically abused by her master while she was living with him. “Jacobs’s opinions on this matter were well-founded. From early adolescence onwards, her master, Dr. Flint, began to pursue a physical relationship with her sometimes, even in front of his wife. When she was barely a teenager she realized that her master was a sexual threat to her. Harriet Jacobs discusses how women at this time were subject to rape and were to have children with their masters” (Gibney). Her master was a controlling white male who took advance of Harriet Jacob’s’ body. In the article, Literary Influences on Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Written by Herself, “being a female slave meant being subject to sexual abuse” (Vivanco). Chances are if you were a female slave during this time period you were getting sexually abused by your master. To escape from her master, Dr. Flint she has two children with another white

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