Women Of A Slave Girl Essay

781 Words Nov 15th, 2015 4 Pages
America has developed a discriminative dominant ideology. This ideology, commonly defined to as Straight Christian White Able Bodied Male Property Holding (S.C.W.A.M.P) for short has been developed from interpretations from pre-enlightenment era science, the bible, and economic relations throughout history. The topic of women in slavery illustrates the effects of all aspects of the S.C.W.A.M.P ideology, but more specifically the notions of race and gender. The texts presented: Ar’n’t I a Woman? and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by herself, outline the specific struggles women had in slavery and the roles their expectations, gender, and race had on their experience.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl being written in the 1850’s was a sympathy slave narrative that chronicled the experiences and conditions of the life and escape Harriet Jacobs (Linda Brent.) Sympathy narratives written during this time were composed with the intent of gaining sympathy for abolition. For example: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself; this slave narrative is titled to humanize the author. It showed its white readers that african americans were people and capable of authorship and coherence. The authors: Harriet Jacobs and Deborah Grey White also sought to bring the position of women in slavery to the eyes of America and elicit sympathy from this direction. "Slavery is terrible for men: but it is far more terrible for women…" (Deborah Grey White, Ar’n’t I a…

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