Harriet Ann Jacob’s incidents in the life of a slave girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs explains and gives a different angle to slavery, and shows how the author struggled to free herself and her children. Jacobs’s book is considered to have played a pivotal role in the abolition of slavery in the United States. Many authors have used literature to get across messages that would aid then in their revolutions. For instance, Martin Luther King’s a letter from Birmingham Jail was a letter to clergy men that were opposed to the quest of equality that African Americans were fighting for (King 24). Similarly, Jacob’s Incidents in the life of a slave girl is literature that aided in the quest of abolition of slavery. The paper focuses on how Jacobs’s book was effective in the abolition of slavery.

The different chapters in the book highlight the problems and the struggles of a slave girl. Compared to other slave themed stories Jacobs’s is quite different as she gives first hand information and properly explains her plight as a slave. This book was effective as it also motivated feminists to join in the fight for the abolition of slavery. Through her book where she tells of her story as a slave and later as a free woman, she was able to gain social and cultural experience and use it in her book. The freedom she dearly yearns for is an ideal expression of how slavery robbed slave women of their freedom (Spence 4). This would help her create awareness and gain support to persuade the northern women to join the abolition movement.


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