In Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, what is the author's main purpose?

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Harriet Jacobs's purpose in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is to expose how awful life as a slave is for women specifically. She wants to reach other women who are free and show them how terrible slavery is so that they will be opposed to it.

Much literature about slaves during slavery in America focused on the experiences of men. Jacobs, a former slave, was able to focus on the burden it placed on women as well as the unique experiences that female slaves had. She tells her readers at the beginning of the book that she hasn't exaggerated because her purpose is to make the readers understand that everything she says is true. Many people were not exposed to the cruelties of slavery and may have otherwise convinced themselves that she was exaggerating.

Once Jacobs has exposed the cruelty of slavery for women, she wants to convince other women to rally against it. She...

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