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DouglasJacobs+Lecture+PP_2_ - Becoming Frederick Douglass...

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Unformatted text preview: Becoming Frederick Douglass & Harriet Jacobs Two literate slaves Who had to rebut the charge that they did not and could not have written their autobiographies Who contributed fundamental texts to the canon of Afro-American literature and demonstrated the redemptive power of literacytheme repeated in Black Boy , Soul on Ice , The Autobiography of Malcolm X The Sensuous South Douglass & Jacobs testified that Southern Family Values were a nightmare of contradictions that perverted the lives of all who internalized them They contributed to abolitionist visions of a sensuous south where Cavaliers and Cotton Snobs indulged their corrupt appetites at the expense of slave bodies and minds They refuted Moonlight and Magnolias Myth of benevolent paternalism and revealed the sins of Plantation Society. They showed it was a monstrous regime of cruelty, economic exploitation and sexual depravity that was incompatible with the perfectionist visions of the Second Great Awakening, and the Benevolent Empire of the radical middle class. A remarkable accomplishment because in the Martial South of Cavalier values, speaking of miscegenation was a capital offense. The Yankee nation needed to act because its domestic values were also a mess of contradictions as revealed in the Seneca Falls Convention (1848) and in Louise Barnetts Ungentlemanly Acts (2001). Officer driven out of union army for accusing another officer of incest. Turkey Buzzard Laid Me I have no accurate knowledge of my age. I do not remember to have ever met a slave who could tell of his birthday. A want of information concerning my own was a source of unhappiness to me even during childhood. (pg. 47) Double Relation My father was a white man. He was admitted to be such by all I ever heard speak of my parentage. The opinion was also whispered that my master was my father; but of the correctness of this opinion, I know nothing; the means of knowing was withheld from me. (pg. 48) the slaveholder, in cases not few, sustains to his slaves the double relation of master and father. (pg. 48-49) Constant Offense to Their Mistress Such slaves invariably suffer greater hardships, and have more to contend with, than others. They are, in the first place, a constant offence to their mistress. She is even disposed to find fault with them; they can seldom do any thing to please her; she is never...
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2011 for the course AMERICAN H 103 taught by Professor Reed during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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