A Brief History of Harriet Jacobs

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As a slave and as a runaway, Harriet Jacobs suffered more psychological abuse than physical abuse. Harriet Jacobs had to withstand massive amounts of pain and psychological torture due to her place in society as a slave. Jacobs does not leave out the physical aspect of the suffering, however, she focuses more on the spiritual and emotional aspect of the slavery age. Although Jacobs had a relatively easy life in comparison to other slaves, she was deprived from basic human rights and necessities, witnessed human beings resolve to corruption and be treated like animals, and is sexually abused. The mental scars left behind are very harsh. Harriet Jacobs was deprived from basic human rights and necessities. Since Jacobs grew up in a society were African-Americans were inferior, they were objectified rather than be treated in a humane matter. Slaves were taken away the idea that they were human. “...they thought he had spoiled his children, by teaching them to feel that they were human beings. This was blasphemous doctrine for a slave to teach; y presumptuous in him, and dangerous to the masters.” (Pg. 12). Jacobs describes how slave owners declared slaves who tried and spread the idea that they were worth something in society, dangerous and immediately took violent action against them to suppress those thoughts. This was dangerous to the slave-owners because they believed that rebellion might be initiated. Jacobs was psychologically affected by this, because she was

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