Essay on The Life Of A Slave Girl By Harriet Jacobs

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Harriet Jacobs: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Henry England

This is a book that does not acknowledges Harriet Jacobs as the author and is actually published under Linda Blunt although the book is based on Jacobs writings. Growing up as a female African American slave, Harriet Jacobs shares her life through personal writings, including memories of growing up as a slave, up to letters she sent dear old friends that reflect about the changing rights of the Colored. Jacobs shows the reality of what slavery was like through a slaves eyes and her writings are some of the most resourceful documentation the country has in understanding slavery in the South during the 1800’s. “With bitterness and insight, Jacobs exposed the hypocrisy of the South’s various justifications for slavery by describing the brutal treatment of black slaves.” Jacobs writings, letters, and the other related documents included in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl are all far from being fiction. Jacobs states that she would have included more if she didn’t think that the left out details would turn readers away, for many life events are violent and hard to put to paper. The book is a very intriguing read under any circumstance due to its reflection on American history that many do not know much about. Jacobs wrote, “Reader, my story ends with freedom; not in the usual way, with marriage.” In this book, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Harriet, Jacobs shares her gruesome journey of life.…

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