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Hist 105 - History Of The U S

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Hailey Johnson 525007939 04 06 2018 Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Essay The concept of enslavement of an entire race is something Americans today find hard to even fathom Just a mere 150 years ago however that unimaginable cruelty was a reality for many African Americans including young Linda Brent Author Harriet Jacobs sought to reveal the egregious world of slavery for its true horror in writing Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Her main goal in writing such narrative was to inspire northerners to seek an end to the execrable southern practice of slavery Jacobs goes through her entire captive life using the pseudonym Linda Brent to give a first person account of the life of a slave girl revealing the especial mistreatment women faced from their masters Although Linda endured an utmost perilous life through her enslavement she recalled having a generally pleasant childhood Linda mentioned that she was unaware of her unfortunate situation until six years of happy childhood had passed away Her mother along with her first mistress educated her rather well allowing Jacobs to write such a narrative However once she realized the extent to which her life was indebted into bondage her naivete soon diminished Life as a slave especially a female one became more horrid as she aged Women in particular were seemingly trapped in a vicious cycle of unjust treatment Jacobs even admits that slavery is terrible for men but it is far more terrible for women It was not uncommon for slaveholders to sexually abuse their female slaves It was a crime as Jacobs mentioned for female slaves to tell who the father of their child was Often the father was unfortunately the master of that slave but no justice was ever taken for such tragedies for the slave s mistress the masters wife would often seek blame in the female slave incomprehensibly punishing them for their husband s action Consequently the children of these women would often be torn from their mothers thrown back into the unmerciful system of the slave trade Linda fell victim to the injustice when she was sold to the Flint Family As she neared her teenager years Dr Flint her 55 year old master began to peruse her Unable to convince Linda to give in to his advances he devised a plan to bring in his young daughter to sleep with him designating Linda as the child s care taker during the night As Mrs Flint becomes aware of the situation Linda has no choice but to reveal her masters undesirable actions further provoking Dr Flint and encroaching the mistress s jealousy towards Linda With Dr Flint still sexually harassing Linda she feels the only escape from her nightmare is to impregnate herself by another man hoping this will appall Dr Flint enough to sell her to the auction block Flint instead gave Linda a proposition that if she indulges in his long sought after desires she and her children



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