Category Archives: Jacobs (Harriet)

Lit’s Contribution to the Civil War

If the Civil War was brought on by a combination of pity and politics, literature helped build the case for pity.

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Correct & Incorrect Uses of Pity

Escaped slave Harriet Jacobs, grasping the treacherous nature of pity, taught readers how to properly use it.

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