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Compare Frederick Douglas and Harriet Jacobs' slave life.

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Posted September 14, 2008 at 1:43 PM via web

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Compare Frederick Douglas and Harriet Jacobs' slave life.

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slchanmo1885 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted November 24, 2008 at 7:41 AM (Answer #1)

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Frederick Douglass, in his "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass," recalls early memories of seeing slaves receive terrible beatings and horrific overseers who were cruel. Harriet Jacobs, in her "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" recalls a happy childhood, in which she was taught to sew and read, and was unaware that she could be bought or sold. It wasn't until Harriet was older that she was abused and treated badly. Frederick Douglass, on the other hand, had to sneak his reading and writing and does hard labor for slave owners who are very cruel his whole life, only briefly working under a kind family. When Douglass escapes, he goes North. Initially, Harriet Jacobs hides in a crawl-space at her grandmother's house for seven years before escaping to Philadelphia. Both Douglass and Jacobs end up working together in the abolitionist movement.

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