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Harriet Jacobs Reading Notes

by: Kaylin Wallen

Harriet Jacobs Reading Notes EN 209

Kaylin Wallen
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"Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl" Dr. Smith
American Literature to 1865
Dr. Cassander Lavon Smith
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english, slavery, Literature




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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kaylin Wallen on Tuesday August 30, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to EN 209 at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa taught by Dr. Cassander Lavon Smith in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 58 views. For similar materials see American Literature to 1865 in ENGLISH (ENG) at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa.


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Date Created: 08/30/16
Incidents In The Life of A Slave Girl Chapter I “I WAS born a slave” - Past tense Didn’t know she was a slave till she was 6 Father was a skilled slave Parents = mulattoes (mixed) Brother - William Grandmother - good cook, owners thought of as indispensable, famous crackers baked at midnight to make money for herself and her family "The reader probably knows that no promise or writing given to a slave is legally binding; for, according to Southern laws, a slave, being property, can hold no property." Harriet’s mother died when she was 6 and she was taken into the house where the mistress treated her well (taught her to read and spell Chattel: a personal possession "These God-breathing machines are no more, in the sight of their masters, than the cotton they plant, or the horses they tend." Chapter II. The New Master and Mistress Dr. Flint Went there with her brother Her father died during this time & she wasn’t allowed to go see him “… he had spoiled his children, by teaching them to feel that they were human beings. This was blasphemous doctrine for a slave to teach; presumptuous in him, and dangerous to the masters." She is quickly starting to realize what it means to be a slave Chapter V. The Trials of Girlhood "My master began to whisper foul words in my ear." “..there is no shadow of law to protect her from insult, from violence, or even from death; all these are inflicted by fiends who bear the shape of men." "The mistress, who ought to protect the helpless victim, has no other feelings towards her but those of jealousy and rage." Audience = people of the North "In view of these things, why are ye silent, ye free men and women of the north?" Chapter X. A Perilous Passage in the Slave Girl’s Life The master was building a house for Harriet away rom the plantation "I knew nothing would enrage Dr. Flint so much as to know that I favored another" She conceived a baby with the unmarried white man she usually talked to & Then told her master Mr. Sands was the father of her children Chapter XXI. The Loophole of Retreat Linda is staying in a small area with a trap door that Uncle Phillip made… I think she ran away? But her kids are still on Dr. Flint’s plantation as is she she lived there for 7 years Gimlet: small T-shaped tool with a screw tip for boring holes Dr. Flint went to New York looking for Linda "Benny was standing at the gate. He had heard them say that he had gone to find me, and he called out, "Dr. Flint, did you bring my mother home? I want to see her." The doctor stamped his foot at him in a rage, and exclaimed, "Get out of the way, you little damned rascal! If you don't, I'll cut off your head.”" impertinent: not showing proper respect; rude Chapter XXVII. New Destination For the Children Mr. Sands was now married, and saw one of Linda’s children out on the street. He told his wife the children were his & at this point he thought Linda was dead. His wife proposed to take in the kids, and one of them (Ellen) to go live with her sister up North. He found out Linda was not dead, and kept his promise to make her children free. Ellen went to Washington then Brooklyn Ellen promised Linda never to tell that she now know who her mother was and that she was a slave Chapter XXIX Preparations For Escape January was the time for selling slaves There was an opportunity for Linda to escape, but she ultimately turned it down for fear or getting caught and leaving her son Benny behind She gave up her spot for her friend Fanny, who was also in hiding But, Linda’s hiding may have been compromised so they made arrangements for her to go as well She met up with her son before she left  


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