Slavery slave. In definition, slavery is one of the

Slavery has been the
wicked phenomena in the world. Slavery is very unnatural and aggravates mixed
outlooks from the perspective of every person. Some of the people still face
slavery in the present times. Other people do not necessarily understand that a
person can treat another individual as a slave. In definition, slavery is one
of the first forms of exploitation, where the slave becomes the property of a
slave owner. The book by Harriet Jacobs (2009), “Incidents in the Life of a
Slave Girl” provides the description of slavery in America. The author of the
book is the narrator herself in the book and she describes the life as a slave.
In the autobiography, she recounts the experiences before she was fled from the
slavery and she portrayed the sexual history while she was a slave. Slavery in
America was a legal institution of the human chattel enslavement, majorly the
African Americans and the Africans who lived in the country in the 18th and
19th centuries after the independence of the nation and before the American
civil war ended. Slavery was practiced in America from the colonial era and it
was legal at the period of the declaration of independence in the year 1776.

 

 

Realization
of the slavery

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             During Harriet early life, she did
not realize that she was a slave and she lived with her father and mother in a
relatively secure and comfortable life. They lived together with her extended
family. This was not common for a number of reasons the first being that
Harriet came from the family which was unclear and she was never treated poorly
when she was a child. “They lived together in a comfortable home; and, though
we were all slaves, I was so fondly shielded that I never dreamed I was a piece
of merchandise, trusted to them for safe keeping, and liable to be demanded of
them at any moment.” Harriet Jacobs, p. 7. Even though her parents passed away
when she was young, the grandmother was the central figure in her life and she
was able to provide her with security, comfort, unrelenting love and moral
guidance. When Harriet realized that she was a slave she was startled and when
she learned that she was never going to reverse this information and she stuck
in the psychological trauma of having the knowledge that she was just a piece
of property.

Justification
of slavery

               One of the methods which the
slaveholders were justifying the slavery was through the enforcing of the claim
that the slaves were not actually human beings. They were barbarous, inferior
and savage is all kinds of ways.  The
slave who thought that he poses the values of tried to inoculate similar values
in the other slaves was seen dangerous and most oppressed. The father of
Harriet tried to teach his kids that they had their worth but this was against
the desire of the slaveholder to be able to keep the slaves dumb and
docile.  Benjamin the uncle to Harriet
also proclaimed his self-rule and by refusing to obey the master he was
punished severely. He later runs away so as to escape the situation. Harriet
was able to mention in the incidents show how Mrs. Flint was shocked that a
slave might want to worship, mourn, maintain the social connections, and read.
Unluckily, some of the slaves were able to internalize this mentality and thus
this made it hard for the slaves to rebel against the meaning of the lives or
to be able to find any meaning of their lives. Insensitive, they were able to
cope with the slavery without having to feel inferior of their status in the
society. The mistress who was supposed to assist the helpless victim did not
have any feelings for her but just rage and jealousy.

                  One of the common myth that
was being articulated by the slaveholders to provide justification for their
slavery was that the slaves were inferior intellectually. “I admit that the
black man is inferior. But what is it that makes him so? It is the ignorance in
which white men compel him to live; it is the torturing whip that lashes
manhood out of him; it is the fierce bloodhounds of the South, and the scarcely
less cruel human bloodhounds of the north, who enforce the Fugitive Slave Law.
They do the work.” Harriet Jacobs, p. 49. Jacob did not accept this assumption
and refutes it by telling the readers that the blacks were inferior as a result
of the slavery and what the white man had rendered them. The fact that the
black man has been refused the education, religion, and lives in the frightened
and paranoid state it is no wonder that he can be able to develop his mind
intellectually. The fact that Harriet and the others like Douglas can be able
to write books is an indication that the blacks have abilities if they were to
be provided with the right opportunities to learn and to cultivate their minds.
The work of Harriet seeks to be able to combat the stereotypes which lead to
the whites to see the slaves as fewer humans and if they can be able to
accomplish the bondage system can look less desirable.

             Harriet provided the details of
her persecutions from the Dr. Flint and pursues to correct the supposition that
the wife of the slaveholder could have any interest in the protection of the
young slaves from the predation of her husband. “The degradation, the wrongs,
the vices that grow out of slavery are more than I can describe. They are
greater than you would willingly