Harriet Jacobs Essay - Robert J England II HON 211 David...

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Robert J. England II HON 211 – David Gross Monday, November 6, 2006 In the period before the American Civil War, the industry of slavery was one of the defining concepts of our nation, particularly in the southern area of this nation but present throughout the north as well. Some of the most powerful art and literature in our history was created by the slaves, who over time created a culture all its own. Slavery was also a major political topic, spawning a good number of texts both for and against the concept. Of these, one that stands out strongly is Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl , by the escaped slave Harriet Jacobs. This particular text has reached importance due to its unique perspective; the young female slave was often placed under much worse persecutions than the male slave, due to a sexist as well as racist view by the average slaveholder. The primary force in this text, a narrative of real events, is the use of fear to dominate, and the courage that one woman had to overcome this fear. Harriet Jacobs lived nearly her entire life in fear, from the very age when she
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This essay was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course HON 211 taught by Professor Gross during the Fall '06 term at University of Maine Orono .

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