“Northerners know nothing at all about Slavery. They think it is perpetual bondage only. They have no conception of the depth of degradation involved in that word, slavery; if they had, they would never cease their efforts until so horrible a system was overthrown.”
A Woman of North Carolina.
“Rise up, ye women that are at ease! Hear my voice, ye careless daughters! Give ear unto my speech.”
Isaiah xxxii. 9.
— Owl Eyes Reader
This quote from the biblical book of Isaiah calls on the women of Jerusalem to repent for the social injustices that have occurred on their land. Throughout Incidents in the Life of Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs does something similar. She calls on the middle-class, white women in the North to hear her story, recognize her humanity, and wake up from their complacency.