Frederick Douglass Vs. Harriet Jacobs

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Frederick Douglass v. Harriet Jacobs “We are not Americans; we are Africans who happen to be in America. We were kidnapped and brought here against out will from Africa. We did not land on Plymouth rock--that rock landed on us (“Malcolm X”).” Slavery began when Americans brought Africans to Virginia in 1619 to complete any field work that plantation owners did not want to do themselves (History.com Staff). Slavery lasted in America for 246 years and even after, African Americans were still treated with disrespect from the white community. One of the many darkest and depressing events in the history of the United States was the practice of slavery. Two of the most famous slave narrative writers during the last three decades of legal slavery were Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs. Douglass was an American abolitionist, author and orator. He was born into slavery for roughly 20 years until he gained the courage to escape to the north and gain freedom (History.com Staff). Upon gaining his freedom, he created a friendship with an abolitionist known as William Lloyd Garrison. After getting to know how strong and intelligent Douglass was after all the years he spent as a slave, William persuaded Douglass into writing one of the most eloquent slave narratives, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, that told the story about his experience good and bad as a slave (History.com Staff). Harriet Jacobs was born into slavery in 1813 for 23 years when she went into hiding for

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