Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl

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After the English had come and took over the land in the 1400’s , being a woman came with so many burdens and troubles, but the hardest part of being a woman, they never experienced freedom. As a woman, you had no sense of personal value to a man, you were expected to do as you were told and were severely punished if you did not. Being a woman meant you were property, and with owning property, a way for white land-owning men to make a profit. Along with making a profit, because they were considered property, they could be treated any way the “property owner” saw fit. Women were raped and beat with no freedom to speak up. In society woman had no identity and in actuality were property themselves. In Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl written by Harriet A. Jacobs, she states that “women are considered of no value, unless they continually increase their owners stock. They are put on a par with…show more content…
As women were seen as property and could not stand up for themselves, they were easy targets. The Virginia law of 1662 and of 1705 were evidence of that. According to Foner, the Virginia law in 1662, also made sexual abuse of slave women profitable. If a slave was raped, impregnated, and had the child, then the child would also be a slave because of the mothers status. Evidence of rape and reproduction were also seen in Jacobs’s article Life of a Slave Girl. She wrote “the eldest soon became a mother; and, when the slaveholder’s wife looked at the babe, she wept bitterly. She knew that her own husband had violated the purity she had so carefully inculcated.” She also wrote that the same slave had another child by husband until being sold to his brother, where she had two more children by him. In the Virginia law of 1705, white land owning slave owners were the ones who were raping and impregnating their slaves, so they decided to make a law that they could profit off of their wrong
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