Read Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. After reading the me

Read Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. After reading the memoir, place her life story in the appropriate historical context (what was going on in the time period in which she lived?) using information gathered from lecture, the textbook, videos and other primary and secondary documents. Then answer the following:
Harriet Jacobs writes, “I have…Striven faithfully to give a true and just account of my own life in slavery…to come to you just as I am a poor slave mother – not to tell what I have heard but what I have seen- and what I have suffered.” Is Jacobs’ autobiography Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl an accurate representation of the antebellum South under a slave system? Whether you agree or disagree, support your thesis with examples from Jacobs’ memoir and reference materials from Module 7.
Some things to consider:
Were her experiences different from men who were enslaved?
How does she use family/kinship networks to survive and escape?
How was her experience unique (unusual) when compared to other enslaved peoples?
Is her relationship with her master/mistress typical or atypical to most enslaved peoples’ experiences?
The essay should be four to six pages in length. Follow the guidelines below.
The main body of your paper should contain your evaluation, interpretation, and analysis of the book.
This essay is worth 20% (100 points) of your total course grade.
Rough drafts will be accepted at any time until a week before the due date.
Essay Guidelines
The essay should be four to six typed, double-spaced pages with one-inch margins all around.
The type font size should not be unusually large. Times New Roman 12-point is a good typical font size to use.
Please do not rely heavily on any outside sources for your paper — concentrate on the book — but if you do quote directly, or paraphrase substantially, from any book or article, you must indicate that fact with a proper citation. Plagiarism will not be tolerated!
Your essay should concentrate on the analysis of the book, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Your presentation of facts is important, but papers are also evaluated on your use of interpretation, analysis, and drawing conclusions. This is not a research paper. (Note that a book’s title is italicized).
Keep your paragraphs reasonable in length; not one-sentence paragraphs nor one-page ones. Each should have a minimum of three to five sentences.
Do not use contractions in formal papers; for example, “won’t,” “isn’t,” “didn’t.” You should spell out both words. Also, avoid using abbreviations.
Check and recheck your spelling and grammar before submitting your paper. Read it aloud to yourself and have someone else proofread it if possible. Be sure to spell both the author’s name and your instructor’s name correctly!
Direct quotations in your paper must always have quotation marks and must be credited with the proper citation. A quotation should not stand alone. Introduce each quote indicating where you derived the quotation. For example: Jacobs writes, “I would rather drudge out my life on a cotton plantation… than live with an unprincipled master and a jealous mistress.” However, do not overuse quotations. Remember that this is your paper; Jacobs already wrote hers.
Include a Works Cited/Consulted page at the end of your paper. Check a writer’s style manual (MLA Handbook or Turabian’s Manual for Writers) if you are unfamiliar with the format or check with me for information.
Include page numbers on all but the cover page (should you include one) of your paper.
You may use a title page if you so choose but you may begin page one with your name and course title in the top, right-hand or left-hand corner. Then, simply begin with the text. Upload the essay to Canvas on (or before) the due date. You have plenty of time to prepare this essay, so late papers will be penalized. Remember that this essay is worth 20% of your total course grade.

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