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The life of a slave was very difficult during the 1800s especially those of the women slaves Many were mistreated and abused in many ways by their masters From 1813 to 1879 lived a woman of great dignity strong will and one desire A woman who was considered nothing more than just a slave girl who would give anything for the freedom of herself and her two children Harriet Jacobs who used the pen name Linda Brent poured her life into a powerful book called Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Her story speaks on not only her struggles but everyone elses as well No one in todays society can even come close to the heartache torment anguish and complete misery suffered by women in slavery The effects of slavery cross every line and the portrayal of Flint represents the cruel manipulative nature of many southern slave owners and how easy that power of owning someone could change them Slaveholders have a method peculiar to their institution of getting rid of old slaves whose lives have been worn out in their service I knew an old woman who for seventy years faithfully served her master She had become almost helpless from hard labor and disease Her owners moved to Alabama and the old black woman was left to be sold to anybody who would give twenty dollars for her The reader would have to wonder where loyalty lied between the slave owners and slaves Dr Flint had over fifty slaves with different farms most likely not caring about the welfare of children women or families Although slaves were not uncommon it was widely accepted by many however to understand how slavery in any way can be accepted without any type of resistance the reader must acknowledge that it probably was not The power that slave owners possessed over individuals is so hard to comprehend Men like Flint were only concerned with themselves The
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