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When Jacobs was 21 she once again adamantly rejected Dr Norcoms offer to become his concubine He punished her by sending her out to do fieldwork on a local plantation leaving her children in the care of her grandmother When she learned that Dr Norcom planned to send them to work at the plantation as well she decided to run away Skilled in the implacable logic of slavery Jacobs assumed correctly as it turned out that Dr Norcom would sell her children if she fled Therefore she made arrangements with Sawyer to purchase them Working through a surrogate a speculator in the slave market Sawyer did so and returned the children to the care of Jacobss grandmother In the meantime Jacobs hid in town concealed by sympathetic friends and neighbors Dr Norcom became consumed by his zealous increasingly frenetic and obsessive efforts to find her For the next seven years Jacobs adopted various ruses to throw him off her trail During this entire period she remained hidden in a cramped crawl space under the roof of her grandmothers house an experience that would leave her physically impaired for the rest of her life In 1842 Jacobs finally managed to escape north making her way to New York City where she found work in the home of Nathaniel Parker Willis In New York she was reunited with her daughter Louisa who had previously been sent to Brooklyn by Sawyer and arranged for her son Joseph to live with her brother John who had escaped from slavery and now lectured on the abolitionist circuit Jacobs joined her brother in 1849 moving to Rochester New York where she ran the Anti-Slavery Reading Room She also became actively involved with a group of antislavery feminists including a woman who became a close friend Amy Post who had attended the historic 1848 Womens Rights Convention in Seneca Falls New York It was Post who urged Jacobs to write
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