Jacobs Discussion Questions

Jacobs Discussion Questions - History 105 Fall 2015 David...

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  History 105 Fall 2015 David Vaught Reading Guide Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (through p. 156) As you read through the book, consider the following questions and issues: 1. In writing this narrative, what did Jacobs wish to achieve? •To kindle a flame of compassion for those still in bondage. Arouse northern women to the plight of the slave woman. -> mothers ; men may not understand it 2. Why, do you think, did Harriet Jacobs use an alias in her narrative? If they were her experiences, why not just use her own name? •This was for protection because the book was still written at a dangerous time for freed/ escaped Didn't want people to feel sorry for her or just seem as if gaining sympathy for herself; symbolic of the general issue of woman slave-hood 3. What do you find striking or unexpected about Linda Brent's childhood? After you've finished the book, reread this chapter and ask yourself the same question again. In fact, you ought to do this with all the questions. •Linda Brent didn't know she was a slave until she was 6 years old. 4. What significance did New Year's Day have for Jacobs?
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