Women Of A Slave Girl By Harriet Jacobs Essay

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It has been said that “necessity is the mother of invention”. Prominent examples of this statement result from the discrimination against two classifications of people — African Americans and women. Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl composes what is arguably the most extraordinary account from the antebellum South. To be a black woman in nineteenth century America was to be afflicted with the need to constantly define themselves in the face of a society that methodically disparaged and maligned black womanhood. Not only were black women devalued because of their forced labor, but also because of their sexual exploitation, which was protected by the law during slavery. Rape became a metaphorical form of institutionalized terrorism which served as a weapon to perpetuate power and distress over defenseless “property”. In Ain’t I A Woman, Bell Hooks declares that, “the political aim of this categorical rape of black women by white males was to obtain absolute allegiance and obedience to the white imperialistic order” (27). Because this preconception was so prevalent in America at the time, social reform became a necessity. It was imperative that someone stand up and declare with a resounding voice, “This injustice must be stopped!”Sojourner Truth was one of the innovators for that necessity.
Scholars draw distinctive differentiation between Jacobs’s autobiography and those of her historical counterparts, among them Toni Morrison, author of fictional novels…

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