The case also sheds a light upon the unequal slave treatment that already belittled the black, but oppressed black women even more. Celia’s story about the relationship between her and her slave master, Robert Newson, brought attention to the unequal protection laws for slaves. The story helps illustrate the realities of slave life in America and the personal choices slavery forced upon slaves and slave-owners. The outcome of Celia’s trial was an eye-opener that slavery was definitely inhumane, and help influence the prohibition of
Jealous and enraged mistresses, who were dismayed at the fact that their husbands were living a life of infidelity, mistreated them. In some cases, they were deprived of their most prized possessions, their children. This kind of life for the female slaves was overwhelmingly painful. They dealt with many circumstances that were not a part of the lives of male slaves. For this reason, it is fair to say that the lives of female slaves were harsher than the lives of male slaves.
Women who were enslaved during the slave period endured much suffrage. Not only were they the subject of chattel slavery, but some were also molested by their masters, for their own personal pleasure. In some cases, masters would pair “good breeders” together so their farm would benefit and they would have more slaves. This behavior would lead to force rape. The purpose of the book is to demonstrate how slavery crippled African American slaves from defending themselves due to oppression, particularly women.
The exploitation of their slaves, which were to be from Africa, was a huge business throughout North America. The business that was so profitable for the slave owners and slave traders played havoc for the slaves from Africa as families were divided and relationships were broken. After slavery was abolished it was not easily forgotten and the discrimination of the black population would stop in some areas of the United States. The hate and anger from oppressing white minority would continue and would expand into different areas and social groups well to present day. With information taken from Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and a narrative Memories of Childhood's Slavery Days written by Annie L. Burton this paper will examine the life styles and views that slaves possessed during slavery and what life was ... ... middle of paper ... ...s of Childhood's Slavery Days, November 2000, (4 December 2003).
Harriet Jacobs in many occasions had to learn there was segregation of African-Americans and White-Americans. “I found the same manifestations of that cruel prejudice, which so discourages the feelings, and repressed the energies of the colored people”(144). For African-American to live in the free states did not mean that were equal to White-Americans, African-Americans were not allowed to share the same public spaces as white people, cabins and restaurants. The Fugitive slave law was a danger for Jacobs and many other people in her situation, she still was a slave in the south and feared the persecution of kidnappers who would take her to the south. Jacobs often would find herself rushing and walking through the back streets whenever she had to do an errand (157).
The main character, Clytie, sexual assaults by her male master upsets her because she doesn’t desire to be involved with him, but her female master feels that she should be punished for it. So the white female slave owner... ... middle of paper ... ...man keeps her from ever getting past the dark skin, and makes the white women feel more like the Africans were more of an animal then an actual person. The white women always feels that the slave must understand that the man may rank higher than her but even if her husband wants to mess around then fault goes to the slave not the husbands. And the slave will never be to her level, because the black slave will never be a lady. 	 And in the book you can see how the white women lost there power in the house and that their system of life that they received didn’t prove to work out anymore for them so they had to attempt to adjust to a way life took would take them.
Jacobs’ life story gives a glimpse into how enslaved women lived, the challenges they faced, and how they were treated by unenslaved white women, namely their owners wives. Despite Jacobs’ treatment perhaps being on the more extreme end of the spectrum, her experiences should not be discounted or thought of as abnormal, but rather as a face for the millions of others who were treated similarly. Enslaved women were repeatedly reminded of their status by their masters, and regardless of their shared gender status, this inequality was often enforced by their mistresses. Despite stereotypes of having being more compassionate than their husbands, in some cases slave owners’ wives were crueler towards slaves as a way to maintain control. In Jacobs’ experience, mistresses often felt jealous or insecure of their husbands relations to their female slaves, and because of this were absolved of any feelings of female solidarity.
Her narrative focuses on the domestic issues that faced African-American women, she even states, “Slavery is bad for men, but it is far more terrible for women”. Therefore, gender separated the two narratives, and gave each a distinct view toward slavery. Douglass showed “how a slave became a man” in a physical fight with an overseer and the travel to freedom. Jacobs’s gender determined a different course, and how women were affected. Douglass and Jacob’s lives might seem to have moved in different directions, but it is important not to miss the common will that their narratives proclaim of achieving freedom.
Some examples of what the slaves went through in this Novel are; “Patrollers made sure the slaves were where they were supposed to be at night, and they punished those who weren't” (2.6.7). Dana's first experience with white savagery comes when she keeps running into a gathering of patrollers whose activity it is to keep slaves devoted to their lords. These individuals don't get paid for what they do. They do it since they get a kick out of the chance to apply control over other individuals. Alice concedes that she's going out on a limb by being hitched to a slave, particularly considering that she is a liberated person.
A victim is a person who is embittered or tricked by someone else ("Victim - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary"). Victims of slavery are induced into slave-like corruption through deception, force or coercion. The enslaved are subjec... ... middle of paper ... ...were obligated to fulfill. The main purpose for Harriet Jacobs writing ILSG is to attack the specific role that slavery has played on African American lifestyles, also how the institutionalization of slavery permits a degrading behavior that has a negative impact on all African Americans. The special effects of slavery are due to the fact that when slaves were eventually freed they were not given any reintegration or help to be accustomed into the mainstream of society.