From: Lawrence Chen
Time: 8:03:01 AM
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Lawrence Chen Cutler History 67 4/11/00
Do you find it surprising that Harriet Jacobs was literate? What about Mary Norcott? Why? Why not? Was gender more important than race in the lives of either (or both) of these women? How? Why? Why not? What do these two women reveal about family life, both black and white, in the Old South? How do these two accounts of slavery differ? Are there any similarities between them?
The fact that Harriet Jacobs and Mary Norcott was not too surprising. Their masters took favor upon them for example Harriet Jacobs would never be punished by her master even to please her mistress. The masters could better communicate with them because they were literate. They could be given a task in writing for example. Gender was more important in the lives of these women. Because they were women they were often called upon to care for the children of their masters and mistresses. Harriet Jacobs revealed the misery the misery the mistress had in her life. These two accounts are the same due to the fact they were by two slave women in the south. They differed however that Harriet Jacobs told of her account in dealing with her mistress and master while Mary Norcott told of accounts of her life such as around Christmas time would be joyful with a plentiful and satisfying meal. Both women endured hardship as slaves in the South.