"Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" by Harriet Jacobs

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Harriet Jacobs is the author of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. During the civil war, when she published it, Harriet had to have her character as another name, so that there was no chance of her getting caught since Dr. Flint was still after her. Before she helped any other slaves, even her self, she does every thing she can just to help her children first. Harriet knew that the only way to let slaves know all that she went through in her experiences was to write an autobiography. Jacobs didn't think that the book was enough, so besides the job of taking care of her children, she also helped slaves by starting organizations.

Linda Brent is the major character in this story because it is Harriet Jacobs. Linda was a slave girl whom was always told that she would be free.

Linda grew up with out knowing she was a slave at first, then her mother dies when she was 6 years old. Not every slave got to read, write, and sew, but she did by her grandmother. She was sold to a master whom sexually abused her. She then had kids with a lover. The main part of Linda is that she would do anything for her kids to have freedom.

Dr. Flint is Linda's Mistresses father, also know as the formal owner of Linda. Flint starts sexual abusing her and sexual affairs by force. Flint believes that he needs to use the slave system to most he can. After Linda had kids, she decided to trick him and make think she ran. For years of thinking she escaped, he did any thing to look for her. He even put her children and brother in jail.