Compare and contrast Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and Frederick Douglass's An American Slave.

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There are many comparisons between Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. This is to be expected, as both were written to expose the horrors of slavery to a Northern readership. Both stress the brutality of slavery, describing in detail the physical punishment and degradation that enslaved people received at the hands of white masters, overseers, and, in Jacobs's case, mistresses. Both Jacobs and Douglass learned to read at a relatively young age, a fact that set them apart from many other enslaved people. Both therefore emphasize the importance of education. Both point to the terrible effects that slavery has on enslaved families. In the end, both come from the same genre of literature—the slave narrative—that was intended to rally support for the abolitionist cause.

But the most significant difference in the two narratives is that Jacobs, as a woman, points to the indignities and horrors that enslaved women were forced to endure. Dr....

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