Harriet Jacobs : A Strong Woman

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Harriet Jacobs was a strong woman who endured the hardships of slavery since childhood in the nineteenth century. She was treated well as a child, but when her mistress passed away, she was willed to her deceased mistress 's niece. It was upon living with that family where she faced her greatest problem. In that household, she dealt with Dr. Flint 's harassment and his wife 's jealousy. Jacobs later on had a bay in hopes that it would lead a better life than she did. Through describing events, conversing with the audience and having a strong voice, Harriet Jacobs speaks to northern women, slaves and southerners.
Northern women may be persuaded to listen to Jacobs because of how relatable her strong emotions are. Within the reading, she contrasts her situation with that of free women in
“O, you happy free women, contrast your New Year’s day with that of the poor bond-woman! With you it is a pleasant season, and the lights of the day is blessed. Friendly wishes meet you every where, and gifts are showered upon you. Even hearts that have been estranged from you soften at this season, and lips that have been silent echo back, “I wish you a happy New Year.” Children bring their little offerings, and raise their rosy lips for a caress. They are your own, and no hand but that of death can take them from you.” (Jacobs, 72)
Jacobs is aware of the light hearted and beautiful interactions amongst the white women both in the South and the North during the holidays and how they contrast…
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