From the early 1830s to the end of the civil war in 1865, African American writers perfected one of the nation’s first truly autochthonous genres of literature. All of the authors of this genre typically had one thing most in common they were all African American .at this specific time period the well-known authors were white males. However as the gears of change got moving light was shed upon topics that were hard to write about. Those who helped were Fredrick Douglass, sojourner truth, and Harriett Jacobs. They each have things in common and ideas in which they believed and those ideas came to life on paper and each and different effects on the reader some were more effective on others
“Incidents in the life of a slave girl “was written by Harriet Jacobs in 1861. Her life was hard and her story was moving, not as much as others but the equivalent of some. What she went through, others of her time also went through. Although it’s a great piece of literature and gives great insight on slave life and all the horrible things that people had to go through. It’s just not as effective as other excerpts of this particular genre. Some things she wrote about had great meaning behind for example “Cruelty is contagious in uncivilized communities.” Also “She may be an ignorant creature, degraded by the system that has brutalized her from childhood; but she has a mother’s instincts, and is capable of feeling a mother’s agonies.” Her voice can mean smoothing to people however not all that’s why it has a lesser effect on the readers.
“Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” is written by none other than himself Frederick Douglass. Douglass was the type of person who could overcome any thing in his life something to represent that is a quote from his excerpt “The hearing of those wild notes always depressed my spirit, and filled me with ineffable sadness. I have frequently found myself in tears while hearing them…To those songs I trace my first glimmering conception of the dehumanizing character of slavery. I can never get rid of that conception. Those songs still follow me, to deepen my hatred of slavery, and quicken my sympathies for my brethren in bonds.” The emotion in this quote hit the mind and soul hard and so does the rest of his piece. There is not one line throughout it where you can feel or tell the emotion he is feeling. He eventually overcame his hard ship and moved on to new ones. He ultimately paved the way for young African Americans to express themselves in any way possible and never give up in the face adversity. This is why his writings had more effect on readers and it was more efficient on getting the point across.
Sojourner truth was more than once a slave that learned how to read and write she was more than a women in a time where not only gender was oppressed but also race. The thrived in the face of great woe she used it to her advantage. Yes everyone of this time wanted to have rights for colored people yet truth wanted equal rights for all. To show she really meant this she actually physically wrote a speech to the American Equal Rights Association. Not only did her speech mean something it got the point across that she wanted all slavery to end for example” so much good luck to have slavery partly destroyed; not entirely. I want it root
and branch destroyed. Then we will all be free indeed” also. “I am above eighty years old; it is about time for me to be going. I have been forty Years a slave and forty years free, and would be here forty years more to have equal Rights for all.” Not only did she express herself on her views and thoughts she made it appoint to get across that there should be equal rights for all. It’s safe to say her purpose in her years of life was to obtain what she so patiently longed for (equal rights for all). Every line in her speech meant something and it all lead to one point this is why her piece was the most effective on getting the gears of change moving. Everyone who had read or heard her speech knows now and forever that equal rights are forever human being.
Activists throughout the times have come together in one way or another to get the gears of change moving. However some were more effective than others .everyone is entitled to their own opinions yes but when ideas and real life experiences come together they get people to listen. Thanks to the writers like Fredrick Douglass, sojourner truth, and Harriett Jacobs that shed light to specific topics and got people thinking and wanting change that’s when times start to change.