incidents

Topics: Girl, Alright, Slavery Pages: 3 (1301 words) Published: December 18, 2013
How many of you can truly say that they know what our ancestors went through in slavery. If your answer was yes, kind of, or maybe so, that is wrong. No one could know what they went through except for the people who were slaves because you weren’t there and you don’t know. I use to think that I knew what the women, children, and men went through in slavery but I didn’t until I read Incidents in a life of a slave girl. Jacobs’s purpose for writing Incidents in a life of a slave girl was to show other women how she was treated and how hard it was to escape the gasp slavery had on her. Think of a time when you thought everything was alright but then figuring out that it’s not, how would you deal with that. Just think about it. Imagine yourself about the age of 10 or 11 years old in back in slavery reader how would you feel, especially a women a vulnerable target for abuse. Although Incidents in a life of a slave girl by Harriet Jacobs was my favorite African American History nonfiction book. I learned that just because something seems good doesn’t mean it always is. Incidents in a life of a slave girl was talking about how Jacobs starts her story at age six. She's a happy kid, living with her mom and dad, both of whom are skilled, educated, and light-skinned slaves. The next few years are all right, too. Her mom dies, but she goes to live with her mother’s young mistress, a pretty nice lady (for a slave-owner) who teaches Linda how to sew and read. Now things go downhill after her mistress dies, twelve-year-old Linda has to go live with a new mistress, five-year old Emily Flint. She went through her childhood taking care of her little brother since her parents had passed away. She grew up wishing that she could be free. Her mistress had promised their grandmother that they would be free but a last they weren’t Jacobs and her brother were now under the control of Dr. Flint’s daughter who really didn’t ask that much of Jacobs. Things started to go wrong when...
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