I am so grateful they suggested this book. Beautiful Harriet Jacobs in via wikipedia Harriet Jacobs lived during the horrific years of slavery in this country. She not only lived, she overcame.
It is not until her mother dies that Linda even begins to understand that she is a slave.
After a few years, this mistress dies and bequeaths Linda to a relative. Her new masters are cruel and neglectful, and Dr. Flint, the father, takes an interest in Linda.
He tries to force her into a sexual relationship with him when she comes of age. The girl resists his entreaties and maintains her distance. Knowing that Flint will do anything to get his way, as a young woman Linda consents to a relationship with a white neighbor, Mr.
Sands, hoping he can protect her from Flint. As a result of their relations, Sands and Linda have two mixed-race children: Benjamin, often called Benny, and Ellen. Because they were born to a slave mother, they are considered slaves, under the principle of partus sequitur ventremwhich had been part of southern slave law since the 17th century.
Linda is ashamed, but hopes this illegitimate relationship will protect her from assault at the hands of Dr. Linda also hopes that Flint would become angry enough to sell her to Sands, but he refuses to do so. When Linda discovers that Benny and Ellen are also to be sent to the fields, she makes a desperate plan.
Escaping to the North with two small children would be nearly impossible. Unwilling either to submit to Dr. She hopes that Dr. Flint, believing that she has fled to the North, will sell her children rather than risk having them escape as well.
Linda is overjoyed when Dr. Flint sells Benny and Ellen to a slave trader who unbeknown to him, secretly represents Sands.
Promising to free the children one day, Sands assigns them to live with Aunt Martha. Linda becomes physically debilitated by being confined to the tiny attic, where she can neither sit nor stand.
Her only pleasure is to watch her children through a tiny peephole Mr. Sands marries and is elected as a congressman. When he takes Ellen, his illegitimate child with slave Linda, to Washington, D.
Worried that he will eventually sell them, she determines to escape with them to the North. Flint continues to hunt for her, and leaving the attic is still too risky. After seven years in the attic, Linda finally escapes to the North by boat. Benny remains with Aunt Martha.
Linda is dismayed to see Ellen is being treated as a slave, after the institution was abolished in New York. She fears that Mrs. Linda finds work as a nursemaid for the Bruces, a family in New York City who treat her very kindly. Flint is still in pursuit, Linda flees to Bostonwhere she is reunited with her son Benny, who had also escaped.
Flint claims that the sale of Benny and Ellen was illegitimate, and Linda is terrified that he will re-enslave her and her children. After a few years, Mrs. Linda spends some time living with her children in Boston.
She spends a year in England caring for Mr.This essay "Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs" takes the stand that the traditional constitution of the female slave in black slavery stereotypes them to receive ill treatment with total disregard for the dignity of the female slave.
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Maria Child, who edited the book for its author, Harriet Ann Jacobs.
Jacobs used the pseudonym Linda Brent. In , Harriet Jacobs published Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, an account of her experience of enslavement in Edenton, North Carolina. Jacobs used the pseudonym Linda Brent and changed all of names in the book to protect the identity and safety of her family.
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Filled with sadness, heartache and misery, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is the personal story of Harriet Ann Jacobs, known as Linda. Linda was born into /5. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is an autobiography by a young mother and fugitive slave published in by L.
Maria Child, who edited the book for its author, Harriet Ann r-bridal.com used the pseudonym Linda Brent. The book documents Jacobs' life as a slave and how she gained freedom for herself and for her children.