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Harriet Jacobs published under the pseudonym Linda Brent With pseudonyms she was able to protect herself and the people within her book If she had used her real name it might have caused a huge controversy during the period in which she wrote Jacobs had many anxieties on publishing her story First of all her story was very personal sharing your personal life with the masses can be very nerve wrecking Second of all Jacobs was an ex-slave She feared that this could influence readers damaging her career as a writer or even endanger her life When it came to feminism Jacobs was ahead of her time During the nineteenth century the unspoken feminine code included piety purity submissiveness and domesticity To Jacobs these were absolutely impossible to follow She had her own ideas about true womanhood to which fought against sexual harassment exploitation and suppression Slave narratives recast the American ideal of the self-made man to African Americans because it is easier for both to relate to each other When you are reading something that you relate with it is easier to understand where the author is coming from because you too have been there before For instance Fredrick Douglass built onto and transformed the legacy of Benjamin Franklin whose audience was primarily white men like himself Fredrick Douglass was able to take Franklins virtuous feelings and ideas of humanity but include the African American race as well Harriet Jacobs and Fredrick Douglass both share a relationship within their stories Both authors had to fight the same fight in escaping from lives of slavery Jacobs may have borrowed and modified some of Douglass conventions in her story she does this to include to women as well Jacobs having a double prejudice against her not only talks to African Americans but women as well This is her audience while Douglass audience was primarily African American men Jacobs concerns include the treatment of African Americans
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