Book Review/Analysis of “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” by Harriet Jacobs

Harriett Jacobs wrote this book for a political purpose: she wanted the United States to end slavery. Abolitionists published her book and about 500 other narratives of escaped slaves as part of an attempt to humanize African Americans and to illustrate the horror of slavery. Jacobs knew, therefore, that her story was going to a white audience. She also knew that white audience, though, was bitterly racist and slave owners articulated a number of things to rationalize the existence of slavery (see Ch 11 of Give Me Liberty, especially pp 411-18). In a 3-5 page essay, analyze how Jacobs used her life to argue against racism and the southern rationalization of slavery.   

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