by Frederick Douglass
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What Slaves Are Taught To Think of The North
- Harriet Ann Jacobs
Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813-1897), who wrote under the pseudonym Linda Brendt, was an American slave who eventually escaped and became an abolitionist. “What Slaves are Taught to Think of the North” is a chapter from Brent’s memoir Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, published in 1861. In it, Jacobs provides a true account of her experience as a slave, and writes about the lies slaveholders told their slaves to keep them from running away to the North.Pair "What Slaves Are Taught to Think of the North" from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl with the excerpt from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and compare how the themes of education, freedom, and fear develop in each text. Compare and contrast the experiences of both male and female slaves.