Harriet Beecher Stowe 's Uncle Tom 's Cabin

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When Harriet Jacobs’ narrative Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl was initially published, it was believed that the story was fictional. This belief may in part be due to Jacobs’ changing the character’s names to protect the guilty as well as the innocent. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was very popular when it was first published, despite being controversial. Although both women wrote books in support of the abolishment of slavery, Jacobs, a mulatto freed slave, found it more difficult to get her narrative published. While Stowe’s book was a fictional account based on true life stories, Jacobs’ book was a fictional version of her own life; which resulted in several similarities between the two books. The life stories of…show more content…
Stowe and Yellin xxxii). They were married in 1836 (H. Stowe and Yellin xxxii). The Stowes had seven children, six of which were born during the eighteen years that they lived in Cincinnati (H. Stowe and Yellin x). In 1850, after losing a baby to cholera the year before (H. Stowe and Yellin xi), the Stowes moved back east to Brunswick, Maine (H. Stowe and Yellin xxxiii). There were many differences between Stowe and Jacobs, one of which was the amount of education they received. Jacobs’ life story showed very few parallels between the two women’s lives. Harriet Jacobs was born around 1813, in Edenton, North Carolina (Fleischner and Reim 15). Jacobs’ parents, Delilah and Elijah, were both slaves (Fleischner and Reim 15). Delilah was owned by John Horniblow and Elizabeth Pritchard Horniblow, “an Edenton innkeeper and his wife” (Fleischner and Reim 15). Elijah belonged to Dr. Andrew Knox, a plantation owner who lived “several miles northeast of Edenton” (Fleischner and Reim 15). During her first several years, Jacobs, “her parents and her younger brother, John”, all lived together “in a house in Edenton”; a living arrangement made possible by her father’s skill as a carpenter (Fleischner and Reim 16). Delilah’s mother, Molly, who helped raise Harriet and John, was also a slave of the Horniblows (Fleischner and Reim 15). Molly sold baked goods to save enough money to purchase
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