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... birth to a babe who was nearly white” and that, “the master said if she must have a husband, she may take up one of his choosing” (Jacobs, 1861 p. 15; p. 35).
In conclusion, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl explicates ideas of racism, gender norms and sexual abuse that were present throughout slavery. The act of dividing society based on skin tone was a blatant issue faced by many, making the African Americans to be seen as lesser. Gender inequality was seen not only between men and women of the same race but also men and women from different races. Sexual harassment was prominent throughout slavery between master and slave. All of these issues that black slaves faced motivated them to seek freedom to the North. Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is a slave narrative that gives a first hand account into the ways in which slaves were treated.
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