Yonsei University

The “Whiter Foster Sister Fails”: Interracial Sisterhood is a Myth in Harriet Jacobs’
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Harriet Jacobs’ autobiographical slave narrative Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, ostensibly makes tactful use of the widespread assumption of white feminists of the time who believed in interracial sisterhood. This study, however, detects discomfort with this idealistic notion of sisterhood and so focuses on the slips Jacobs makes.

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