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  1. Introduction.
  2. Punishing the slave women.
  3. The narrative of Sojourner Truth.
  4. Analysis of The Narrative of Harriet Jacobs.
  5. Today's Afro-American slavery.
  6. Conclusion.
  7. Works cited.

I chose to deal with the relationships between the white masters and the black slave women during the slavery era in the United States first because it interests me a lot. Talking about it in class made me eager to dig deep into it and learn more. The slavery period is for me a moving topic. When we think about it, we often picture a black skinny and shackled man in our mind. And it is true that men were assigned to very hard labour in the fields and were often very badly treated. Black women were often doing housework, but it was as hard for them as it was for men outside, and maybe even worse. Indeed, I already know that women were submitted to a pain that was beyond the unbearable physical pain, they were submitted to psychological pain. During slavery, black slave women were separated from their children and husbands, were doomed by the law to spread an enslaved race, and were frequently sexually abused by the master and gave birth to his children.

[...] The article mentions the extreme acts of abortions and infanticides, probably to emphasize the distress and refusal of women to give birth to a child that will live ?forever? (hopes for an emancipation were frugally fed because of the pression of the masters and the laws) under the yoke of slavery. And I disagree with Hilary Beckles who says that is almost impossible to determine whether slave women practised birth control and abortion?, implying that it was not a frequently used method. [...]


[...] I wanted to focus on the relationships between masters and slave women, but it is difficult to talk about that without also dealing with the hardships that they were faced to in everyday life, because all in all, these difficulties come from their status, a status that is validated and supported by the master. Everything is then related. Through my researches, I figured out that not many articles were written about this relationship, and most of the information that we can find on the internet is far from being complete or even accurate. [...]

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