The Importance Of Slaves In The Deep South By Mrs. Jacobs

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Inspired by her hardships and tribulations during slavery, Mrs. Jacobs wrote this autobiography, recounting her experiences as a slave in the deep south and her eventual escape in the hopes of “[convincing] the people of the Free States [of] what Slavery really is” (Jacobs 6). In this inspiring novel, Mrs. Jacobs gives us authentic insight into this ‘peculiar institution’, the horrendous mistreatment of African Americans, and the attitudes of Northerners and Southerners toward the subject. While the work is mainly directed to Northern women in the hopes of increasing awareness and arousing sympathy, it sends a clear message to everyone, during her time and even today, about the intricate institution and Harriet’s stance on the matter. Slaves during the antebellum period were treated fairly poorly, especially in the Deep South. To varying extents, depending on their master(s), culture, and environs, slaves were physically and verbally abused on a daily basis. Slaves were often beaten and whipped for any ‘offences’ the master(s) felt they needed to punish; and some were even to death. Additionally, slave women (and girls) were often…show more content…
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