Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl again

Northerners know nothing at all about slavery they

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Northerners know nothing at all about slavery. They think it is perpetual bondage only. They have no conception of the depth of degradation involved in that word, SLAVERY; if they had, they would never cease their efforts until so horrible a system was overthrown (Jacobs 428). After the quotation, it is credited by “a woman of North Carolina”, which is supposed to make the reader feel that even people in the south were truly conscious how horrible slavery was. Following the first quotation there is a quote from the Bible that says: 4
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Rise up, ye women that are at ease! Hear my voice, ye careless daughters! Give ear unto my speech (Jacobs 428). Here Jacobs is trying to ignite the audience by quoting the Bible, which the masses can clearly connect to. To open the storyline with two powerful quotes, Jacobs is trying to hit hard at the audiences emotions and convince them from the beginning. I see this narrative with heavy political and social influence for it’s time. Her methods of persuasion are not only ethically correct but are done in a way that is riveting and influential. In a time when the slavery was such an important issue, yet many people from both sides (North and South) were poorly informed, this narrative may have shifted and help structure the abolitionist movement. Cognizant of the contact zone in which Jacobs is writing in, her work reflects the idea of overcoming the zone through abolishment of slavery. Jacobs, being a former slave, has the ability to put her own past experiences and those of others into an important piece of literature. Today, it is established that slavery was wrong, but at a time when human bondage was accepted, this work of persuasion was so critical. For Jacobs has taken the appropriate stance on this issue and written a powerful autoethnographic text in the surroundings of a contact zone. Despite that her work is not accurately fitting towards Pratt’s contact zone, Jacobs work unmistakably makes a valid argument against slavery. 5
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