Gender Specific Slavery During The Period Of The Civil War

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Wilhelm 1
Christian Wilhelm
Professor Pinney
ENGL 2655/3655
28 December 2014
Gender-Specific Slavery

During the period of the Civil War, chattel slavery was very prominent in the United States in the 19th century. Being treated more as personal property as opposed to an actual human being, some slaves managed to rebel and write down their account of white slave owners’ dehumanization of black slaves. In social reformer and writer Frederick Douglass’ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave he writes of rebelling against his physically abusive owners and triumphantly gaining freedom. In writer Harriet Ann Jacobs narrative Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Jacobs writes of rebelling against her sexually abusive owner and gradually attaining her freedom, yet claims to still be unsatisfied. Douglass’ triumphant outcome in his narrative argues that the reason behind Jacobs’ unsatisfied outcome regards to gender related circumstances. In Frederick Douglass’ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave, Douglass writes of his personal life from the time he was a young slave to his eventual freedom. At the beginning of the novel, Douglass writes of what its like to be a slave, “It was a most terrible spectacle. I wish I could commit to paper the feelings with which I beheld it” (Douglass 910). Douglass mentions how although he
Wilhelm 2 was too young to be beaten himself, he mentions seeing his aunt being brutally whipped, never…

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