Annotated bibliography

image of hand in vines:
When in hiding, Linda found that she could never get attached to anyone or anything with the possibility that it would be taken away, or she would have to move to a new place and start a new life. This pictures shows hands reaching into the distance, but they is being caught and tangled by the thorns and vines. The girls who are abducted into sex trafficking have the same kind of dangerous life. They have no permanent home or place, and no matter how much they hope for security, it will never be given. Harriet Jacobs describes this life perfectly when she writes, "Why does a slave ever love? Why allow the tendrils of the heart to twine around the objects which may at any moment be wrenched away by the hand of violence?"(45).

image of a storm:
This picture shows of stormy sky directly relates to the quote, "I was compelled to live under the same roof as him-where I saw a man forty years my senior daily violating the most sacred commandments of nature"(Jacobs, 37). Slavery was like a storm, a mess of all things inhumane and preposterous. Every single day Harriet Jacobs had to watch as her master treated her like she was not human. This picture represents the violation of nature that Harriet Jacobs describes.

Shadow Man:
This image represents Dr. Flint, or more generally, the shadow of the slave owners. It symbolizes that these people could not even be characterized as people, only shadows of a human and shadows of a soul. A shadow is not a real thing, only a representation of one, and these slave owners belonged in that category. Dr. Flint threatened Linda on a regular basis. Harrient Jacobs says," Dr. Flint swore he would kill me,"(Jacobs, 36). He did not stop at that. When describing the first time Dr. Flint hit her she says, " He sprang at me like a tiger, and gave me a stunning blow...dear did not enable me to control my anger"(Jacobs, 47). This man had no conception of the evil he was demonstrating.

image of a man with a rope around his neck: George Schweinfurth, The Heart of Africa [translated by Ellen Frewer], (New York, 1874), vol. 2, facing p. 420
This image shows a african american man, with a rope around his neck. It shows the injustice and cruelty that these slaves had to accept. Harriet Jacobs was aware and educated in these ways at a very young age. Her experiences with slavery exposed her to things she never deserved to experience. She says, " "The influences of slavery...had made me prematurely knowing, concerning the evil way of the world"(Jacobs,64). She had no choice but to allow the evil ways to seep into her being, and affect her for the rest of her life.

image of a woman crying:
This image shows a woman who has lost all hope. When Harriet Jacobs reached this point, she felt she could not fight back any longer and the moster of Slavery had beaten her.

image of girl in the rain:
This image represents the lack of protection which slaves had to deal with. The girl symbolizes the life of a slave and the rain symbolizes the hatred and pain that they were showered with, and there was nothing to protect them. Harriet Jacobs writes, "There is no shadow of law to protect her from insult, from violence, or even from death; all these are inflicted by friends who bear the shape of men" (Jacobs 37). The " shadow of law" Harriet Jacobs speaks of was never there for protection and to shelter them from the rain of slavery. There was no one to speak and call out these injustices. Harriet Jacobs says, " That poor, ignorant woman though that America was governed by a Queen, to whom the president is subordinate. I wish the President was subordinate to Queen Justice"(54). There is no actual law to cease slavery, and Harriet Jacobs hoped for even a internal law to protect each soul.
image of cotton field:
This is an image of a cotton field. To the slave owners, thier slaves were not people, they saw no life in them, all they saw was the work they provided.

image of praying hands:
When you see this image, you usually think of hope for a brighter future, but in the world of slavery these praying hands are asking for death instead of the horrible life they had to lead. Harriet Jacobs reached a point in her life when she says," I prayed to die; but the prayer was not answered"(67). She has given up all hope for freedom, and now she hopes for death. Harriet Jacobs describes this her throughout journey as a slave. There is decline in her journey and as she hits the lowest of lows, she prays for death. The idea of praying for death is ironic because usually prayer is a gesture of hope. As a slave, Harriet Jacobs' prayer was more of a begging to end this life she could not stand any longer. Harriet Jacobs realizes that her position is not like any other and say,"Surely, there must be some justice in man, then I remembered,with a sigh, how slavery perverted all the natural feeling of the human heart"(Jacobs,157). The world of slavery is unlike any other, humans change and the heart grows gray.

image of a dying rose:
This rose represents death. The flower used to be lively and beautiful, but it now lies lifeless and colorless. Slavery puts a human through the same transformation until in comparison, "death is better than slavery"(Jacobs, 73).

image of sitting girl:ambi E. Kelley (Harriet) in Harriet Jacobs. Photo by Sandro.,
This image is a representation of Harriet Jacobs in hiding. Her conditions when in hiding were so preposterous that she could not stop herself from going insane. She was suffocated with no air and no light for seven years.

image of girl against wall:
This picture shows a young girl waiting on the street alone at night. It represents the extreme isolation, fear, and danger that the victims of sex trafficking have to endure.

image of girl and fence:photo by Halle Edwards-Mcquilton
This image of a young girl brings across the sadness and loneliness victims of sex trafficking must deal with. The issue of sex trafficking is current, and some disregaurd it becuase they doubt it is happening today, but it is. A reporter from CNN, Bridgette Carr says,"No community is immune." Even the most unexpected people and places are vulnerable like the innocent girl in small suburban neighborhoods. You never predict it could be you until you are affected.

image of girl sitting on bench:photo by Halle Edwards-Mcquilton
This image relates sex trafficking directly back to Harriet Jacobs' experience as a slave. The same horrors she went through are mirrored in this current issue. The part of Jacobs' quotes are written across the image to represent the similarity in the issues. Harriet Jacobs experienced the feeling of being useless and helpless, hitting rock bottom where you have no hope left, and you are treated as inhuman. " They are being exploited and can't ask any one for help. (Bridette Carr, CNN). The victims of sex trafficking not only endure these same conditions, but the effects are exactly the same. It builds fear in people. Harriet Jacobs lived her life in fear, and unless people are aware of current slavery issues, we will continue to live in fear.