The Life Of A Slave Girl, By Harriet Tubman And The Fight For Freedom

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Much like the saying "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," the notion of freedom varies according to the person describing it. In the context of slavery, for example, the concept of freedom is different in the perspective of enslaved women, enslaved men, or white women. To black women, the idea of freedom was conceived around the concept of family. For white women, freedom meant achieving equal footing with men, and getting their natural rights. And, for the enslaved black man, the idea that they could grasp their own freedom was first found through the issues of physical violence. In this paper, I will explore the notion of freedom held by different groups using the following texts: “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl”, “Harriet Tubman and the Fight for Freedom: A Brief History with Documents”, “Women, Race & Class”, and “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave”. To enslaved black women, family was what their concept of freedom centered on. Harriet Jacobs’ painful story, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, focuses on her primary goal of attaining freedom for herself and her children, Benny and Ellen. To protect her children from Dr. Flint’s treatment, Linda, Harriet Jacobs’ pseudonym, hid for seven years in the small space between the ceiling and roof of her grandmother’s shed. While staying in the space, she suffered from pest infestation, illness, and extreme heat. She couldn’t even sit or stand (Jacobs 140-142). There was only one thing on

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