The Life Of A Slave Girl By Harriet Jacobs Essay examples

1141 Words Sep 26th, 2016 5 Pages
Rape, beatings, hangings, whippings, starvation, all these words can be used to describe slavery. Slavery is the total and unwilling lack of freedom, forced upon millions of African Americans in the South alone. Slave women consistently being exposed to rape and sexual abuse. “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” recounts the horrors the author experienced in her childhood. Sexual threats, victimization, rape and abuse, extremely common in the south and were not recognized by the law. Harriet Jacobs composed her narratives to educate women in the North of the terrors of slavery for women and to promote the anti-slavery movement. In conclusion, Jacobs promoted and educated millions, we should never forget history no matter the horrors. Fuel, Weapon, and Reminder
“I would ten thousand times rather that my children should be half-starved paupers of Ireland than be the most pampered among the slaves of America” (Jacobs 17). Slavery is the worst possible torment a human being would have to endure. A slave is an object, an object bound to do any and everything your master commands with no hope of rest or escape. “If God has bestowed beauty upon her, it will prove to be her greatest curse” (Jacobs 15). “Incidents in the life of a slave girl” bring to reality the appalling horrors of life for slave girls and women. Sexual threats, victimization, rape and abuse, extremely common in the south and were not recognized by the law. If you were a slave you were property, including…

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