Arriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself

Essay 2, Option 1
Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself
Due in class on Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Papers will be deducted A? grade for each day late

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself was one of the earliest slave narratives that told of the experiences of slavery from the female perspective. In fact, in her narrative, escaped slave Harriet Jacobs argues that slavery was worse for girls and women than for boys and men.

In a 4 to 4 A? page, double-spaced essay, examine Jacobsa argument in relation to the lives of female African-American slaves in the antebellum South. What was life like for female slaves, as opposed to male slaves? What evidence does Jacobs give to support her argument? Do you agree or disagree, based on that evidence? In your paper, be sure to consider various themes present in Jacobsa narrative (ex. motherhood, sisterhood, sexuality, resistance, law, religion, power, secrecy, home).

Guidelines for Writing and Submission

1. Before beginning, you MUST review the advice and instructions given in the Writing Guidelines. Also, please use an appropriate font style and size (Garamond or Times New Roman, 12pt), with 1 to 1 A? inch margins).

2. Make sure you have a clear thesis and argument. The goal of this paper is to write an analytical essay, not description. Use specific examples and quotes from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl to support your argument. There is no need for additional outside sources.

3. In presenting evidence to support your argument, incorporate quotes into your own sentences; do not use block quotes or have quotes stand alone as separate sentences. Be sure to use appropriate citations in parenthetical page references at the end of a sentence (Jacobs, 56).

4. Your essayas analysis and structure should to be presented in a clear, concise manner. Spend time editing to ensure that your reader can understand your argument and supporting points. Remember that each paragraph should have a topic sentence.

5. Proofread! There is no excuse for typographical errors and misspellings, let alone major structural issues, in a college-level essay. In particular, review the list of common mistakes contained in the Writing Guidelines before submission. [Ex.: Remember, this work is a slave narrative, NOT a novel.]

6. You may discuss outlines and drafts with me during office hours or through email. I will provide general comments on drafts emailed any time up to 4pm Monday, April 1. Please include your last name in electronic files (ex. SmithSlaveessay.doc).