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Essay 2 Draft Based on the writings of Harriet Jacobs and Harriet Wilson, explore the various meanings of freedom and slavery among Americans in the 19 th century. Write an essay that incorporates your own ideas while using the material provided by these two 19 th century American women Oxford English Dictionary Slavery  - The condition or fact of being entirely subject to, or under the domination of, some  power or influence Freedom  - Exemption or release from slavery or imprisonment Shouldn’t be a privilege – it is a God-given right to your life and liberty; should never be contaminated nor in question or in the hands of others Often ironically purchasing the right that was originally, and unrightfully, sold in the first place. Whites thought it benefiitted the slave – didn’t nderstand desire for AA to be free and couldn’t be anything better 1) How did Frado define freedom? 2) Why did Frado see herself as in a worse position than a southern slave? 3) How did Harriet Jacobs define freedom? 4) Would Harriet Jacobs have agreed that life in the north could be worse than life in the south? 5) How did the white characters in these two books view freedom? The ideas of slavery and freedom, although at first thought may seem obvious in meaning, possess varying but yet definitive notions. Based upon the widely referenced Oxford English Dictionary®, the word slavery refers to, “The condition or fact of being entirely subject to, or under the domination of, some power or influence,” while freedom is referenced as, “Exemption or release from slavery or imprisonment,” (Oxford English Dictionary). During the height of the Ante-bellum era in the 19 th century in the United States was characterized by strong divisions among race and social status. Within the works Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs and Our Nig by Harriet E. Wilson, the reader is able to explore the authors’ personal viewpoints and feelings towards these abstractions while reflecting upon their own preconceived notions. Although the concepts may seem obvious cut- and-dry ideas based upon their definitions, when explored throughout the context of these two historical and literary works, its readers are made aware the diversity of the concepts and its dependence on the eyes of the beholder - male or female, black or white, slave or freedman .
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During the period surrounding both stories’ context, slavery was unfortunately viewed by the many white southerners as not only an
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2010 for the course AFAM 101 taught by Professor Mcmillan during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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