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Harriet Jacobs

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Sources:, Black American Literature Forum, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Introduction to Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Farah Jasmine Griffin, Publisher's Weekly Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc. Linda BrentDetermined, hopeful, intelligent mother Aunt MarthaLinda’s respected maternal grandmother PhillipLinda’s uncle; builds the garret Dr. Flint Linda’s brutish master Mr. Sands Linda’s lover; a lawyer Mrs. BruceLinda’s kind boss; purchases Linda’s freedom Benny & Ellen Linda and Mr. Sands’s children Linda, Chapter 15 y master had power and law on his side; I had a determined will. There is might in each. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girlby the Numbers Height in feet of the garret ceiling where Jacobs lived 3 Square footage of the garret 63 Holes Jacobs made in the garret for fresh air and glimpses of the outside 1 Years after its first publication that the book was rediscovered ~100 Born into slavery, Jacobs was orphaned as a child. With the help of family and friends, she fled to New York from North Carolina in 1842. An abolitionist and journalist, she wrote and self-published the first female slave narrative, which was dismissed as fiction but finally verified in the 1980s. Harriet Jacobs1813–97 Light & Dark Contrast hope and freedom with hopelessness and oppression Snakes Symbolize Linda’s fear of capture Letters Represent literacy’s power and role in abolishing slavery Corruption Slaveholders ruin themselves through greed, but they have potential for betterment. Northern women are called to help change the system of slavery. Symbols Author Main Characters After her mother and mistress pass away, young Linda is sent to live with a cruel master, Dr. Flint. Subjected to constant sexual harassment, Linda faces hard questions about race, gender, and class. Later, determined to escape and save her children from slavery, she hides in a garret (attic) for seven years before escaping to the North. Flight for Freedom THEMES Harriet Jacobs 1861 English Nonfiction Author Year Published Original Language Incidents in the Lifeof a Slave Girl Autobiography Call to Action Cruelty Enslaved people, especially women, are treated terribly, and families are severed.

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