Jacobs was given access to books and allowed to create strong ties with some of her family members, but this does not mean her female experience was easier than a man’s. Although their experiences were influenced by their gender, being one gender versus the other did not lessen their anguish, it only forced them to endure different agonies. Both authors give a vivid description of their experiences through a gender biased view and readers are only able to understand exactly how devastating slavery was to an individual, and a family unit, by examining narratives written by both genders.
Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: an American Slave. Oxford:
Oxford UP, 1999. Print.
Jacobs, Harriet A., and Lydia Maria Child. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself.
Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard UP, 1987.