Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
March 23, 2011
Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Barnes & Noble, Inc. 2005).
In her book, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs is a slave that was born into slavery in 1813 that has decided to share her amazing story of slavery and her struggles to become free. When she was young her parents were “property” of a really nice lady that allowed her family to have a very comfortable life for a slave family. They were allowed to work for their own money and Harriet did not know that she was a slave for until she was twelve. When she was seven her master died and left her to her ...view middle of the document...
It would have made him miserable to witness the insults I should have been subjected to. And then, if we had children, I knew they must ‘follow the condition of the mother’” (50). So if a woman is to have children and she is a slave then the children are slaves as well. This would make me never have children. If I was a slave I would not want to put children through what I was going through but I don’t think that some of them had much of a choice.
The black slave man was also brutalized but in a different way. They were beat and whipped until they submitted or died. They also had no right to protect their wives and daughters from their masters. If black slave men had the advantage of decent masters they had a tendency to protect their wives and daughters from their master’s advances. But there are the black slave men that “have been so brutalized by the lash that they will sneak out of the way to give their master free access to their wives and daughters” (53). It is wrong when a man cannot protect his family from the abuses of another human being.
Slaves went through a lot of stuff in order to get to the Free states in the north. Jacobs...