English 2H 1B
21 March 2013
Cultural Immortality within the South
Harriet Jacobs's “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” exposes all of the horrific events that both African American females and males went through during the times of slavery. Jacobs focuses on the journey that she had to go through just to win freedom for both her family and herself. During slavery, slaves were beaten, tortured, placed under dreadful circumstances, and even separated from their families. “On one of these sale days, I saw a mother lead seven children to the auction-block…” (Jacobs 26). Licentiousness was pervasive in the south. The white culture of the south was immoral.
Men in the south were overly sexual. Linda was pursued by the lecherous Dr. Flint; he was age 55 and she was only age 15. “My master began to whisper foul words in my ear” (37). Dr. Flint, was sexually attracted to Linda. He wanted to have sexual intercourse with her. He tried to coerce Linda into submitting to his advances with threats of violence or promises of favorable treatment. Revenge, and calculations of interest, were added to flattered vanity and sincere gratitude for kindness. I knew nothing would enrage Dr. Flint so much as to know that I favored another, and it was something to triumph over my tyrant even in that small way. I thought he would revenge himself by selling me, and I was sure my friend, Mr. Sands, would buy me(67). This shows that Linda only had sex with Mr. Sands to get Dr. Flint upset because that is what he wanted from her. She also thought that maybe it would get him so upset or mad that he would sell her, thus leaving her free. However, Linda is one out of many slave women affected by the sexual behavior of their masters
For African American slaves, New Year’s Day was not celebrated like how it is today. This day is filled with happiness and joy because we spend it with the people we love such as family and friends, out partying and enjoying...