The Life Of A Slave Girl By Harriet Jacobs

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In Shaping of the Modern World, we are learning about political and cultural changes around the world. Slavery is a significant topic in Shaping of the Modern World, how our world change throughout slavery and how slavery changes over time. In the narrative writing, Incidents in the life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs, she talks about how her life changed while serving different and new masters and mistresses. I think that this narrative writing is an important text to help us understand the different perspectives of slavery in America. There are some slave owners that are kind and humane, and some slave owners that are cruel and abusive. Additionally, reading from a female slave’s perspectives teaches us that life on the plantations and life in the house is different. Especially as a female, they would get different treatment from their masters and mistresses. The text has changed my understanding of slavery that not all slave owners are harsh, and not all slaves are not intellectual.
In the narrative text, Incidents in the life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs changed my understanding of slavery that not all slaves were treated as animals. For example, Harriet Jacobs’ family is owned by a very kind and teaching master and mistress. Even though her father is a slave, he is a very talented carpenter and the head workman. He also had the money to give his mistress to give a good living condition to his family. Evidently, “On condition of paying his mistress two hundred…
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