"Dr. Flint had sworn that he would make me suffer, to my last day, for this new crime against him, as he called it; and as long as he had me in his power he kept his word."
Masters became frustrated with the slaves alot and swore they would suffer if they did not do that they had asked or done it the right way. It was a crime to the master but was not really a crime submitted by law. The slaves were punished for this.(89)

(slowner 2)

Harriet Jacobs
(Harriet Jacobs)

"But I now entered on my fifteenth year - a sad epoch in the life of a slave girl. My master began to whisper foul words in my ear. Young as I was, I could not remain ignorant of their import"
Young slave girls were subjected to cruel sexual acts and used not only as a slave, but for pleasure to the master. Harriet knew what they were saying and knew she had to get away.(84)
Harriet Jacobs 2

servant 1898

"There is a great difference between Christianity and religion at the south. If a man goes to the communion table, and pays money into the treasury of the church, no matter if it be the price of blood, he is called religious."

The men at this time think money and how many slaves you had was all that mattered. Jacobs sees this, but can not say a word about it.(76)

Harriet Jacobs-- A born slave in North Carolina in 1813. She had one brother named John. Harriet became a slave right when she was born because her mother was a slave. She lived with her mother until she dies when she was 6. Then, Harriet became Margaret Horniblow's. Margaret taught Harriet how to read, write and sew. When Margaret died, Harriet was 12. Things turned for the worst. Dr.James Norcom became her master and sexually harrassed Harriet for nearly a year. Harriet also had a love, Samuel Sawyer, who was a free white man. They had two kids, that were owned by the same slave owner. Harriet could not bare it anymore with her mean and unusually cruel master. She finally escaped and lived in a small crawl space in her grandmothers attic for seven years. After those seven years, she went to Pennsylvania. She started to live as a free woman in 1842.

I have learned that this time was a horrible time to live in. If you were African American, it was even worse. An African American women--terrifying. Slaves had no control over thier own life and I could not imagine how that felt. If they spoke up, they were whipped.


"For years, my master had done his utmost to pollute my mind with foul images, and to destroy the pure principles inculcated by my grandmother, and the good mistress of my childhood."(106)
For years upon years the master would say something to Harriet that she had not heard before, mean things. These things she soon got used to, and that is not right. Everything that was right that her grandmother had taught her was destroyed by her masters nasty and mean thoughts.
Jacobs, Harriet. Letters from a Slave Girl
New York: pub, 1958.

" SLOWNER2" 3 Dec.2008
"sl-live"3 Dec.2008

"HARRIET JACOBS 2" 3 Dec.2008

"SERVANT" 1898 3 Dec.2008



Harriet Ann Jacobs" 3 Dec.2008

Here harriet says that she would rather work in a cotton field and be put to rest then live through the hell EVERYDAY of her life in the house with a jealous mistress and horrible master. Being a house slave might seem better, but its not.
"I would rather drudge out my life on a cotton plantation, till the grave opened to give me rest, than to live with an unprincipled master and a jealous mistress. "(112)