The Characteristics Of A Strong Black Girl, By Harriet Jacobs

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Harriet Jacobs was bron into slavery in 1813 near Edenton, North Carolina. But she never knew she was a slave until she was six years old which coincidentally was around the same times her mother died. Margaret Horniblow, who was Jacobs 's mistress, took her in and cared for her, teaching her to write, read, and sew. When the mistress died, Jacobs was willed to Horniblow 's niece. Her new mistress 's father, Dr. James Noecom, also, known as Dr. Flint, subjected Jacobs to aggressive and unrelenting harassment. As her strong determination to free herslef and her children indicates, Linda Brent defines the characteristics of a “strong black woman” who didn 't only survive but also ran through unbreakable barriers. Although doe doesn 't exhbit …show more content…
After Linda 's parents died, she made a promise with Aunt Martha that She will be taken care of, protected, and will never take on slave duties. Mr. Flint on the other hand is a whole different story. He was about as cruel as cruel can get. If I had to compare him to someone, I 'd probably compare him to the slaveowner from 12 years as a slave (quite don 't remember what his name was.) She was mentally and verbally abused by him since we couldn 't do anything physical thanks to Aunt Martha. One day Linda confessed that she was in love with a black carpenter which enraged Mr. Flint and he hit her. Then he forbids that he sees him, speak to him, or even look at him. If so, then Mr. Flint would have shot the boy like a dog. When she got pregnant, he was fuel by anger, jealousy and revenge. “...my master had done his utmost to pollute my mind with foul images, and to destroy the pure principles inculcated by my grandmothet, and the good mistress of my childhood (Brent 98.)”

She goes to desperate lengths to get away from her master. One including asking various number of Aunt Martha 's friends would could be slaveowners to buy her, but Dr. Flint declined every offer stating that this was his daughter 's property ad not his. She implied that slavery was harder for women because they were used for more than labor. They were used as nothing more than “sex dolls” and raped.

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