Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl - extra notes - cliff notes

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl - extra notes - cliff notes

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl – Extra Notes – Cliff Notes Incidents is unique in that it addresses a specific audience — white women in the North — and speaks for black women still held in bondage o addressed the women of the North, hoping to make them aware that, unless they spoke out in protest, they were just as guilty as Southern slaveholders of supporting and perpetuating the system of slavery o Harriet Jacobs in letter to abolitionist and friend Amy Post,  "God . . . gave me a soul that burned for freedom and a heart nerved with determination to suffer even unto death in pursuit of liberty." o Expresses ‘determination to continue quest for freedom’ although the letter was written almost two years after she was freed Critical Essays The Feminist Perspective As Linda laments the birth of her daughter, Ellen, she says "Slavery is terrible for men; but it is far more terrible for women." women bore the added anguish of being wrenched from their children
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Unformatted text preview: used as "breeders," forced to bear children to add to their master's "stock," but denied right to care for them • valued for their offspring as much if not more than labor • rights of women to protect their families and raise their children • Jacobs' cause is personal (she wants to save her children), and Douglass' is, at least in part, political (he wants to be noted as a leader and activist) • "Linda" has numerous opportunities to escape, but chooses to give up her freedom and her own life to save her children • she is speaking not only for herself, but also for her sisters still in bondage. Also, Douglass focuses on his life, but Jacobs focuses on incidents in her life o isn’t worried about people knowing it was her and getting recognition while also protecting people that might be hurt by her story – uses alias ‘Linda’ – just wants the message conveyed and people made aware as a whole of the detrimental and devastating situation female slaves faced...
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