The importance of the mother figure is widely displayed in the book Iola Leroy. Towards the beginning of the book, Robert Johnson who was separated with his mother at a tender age and brought up his mistress who treated him like one of her favorite pets, says that a boy can never be contended without the mother (Hollis 2). Although Robert Johnson was not miss treated like the other slaves/servants his passion for departure from the masters hands are obvious as were portrayed during their meeting in the McCullough’s woods.
Iola Leroy, a daughter of a prominent farmer in Mississippi, who was born by a mixed race mother, is also found to be fight to establish her foundations are a black woman. Iola’s mother was a former slave who was freed by her father who married her soon after she secured her freedom. Her father sent her North to acquire education but tragedies befell her soon after her father passed on. She was kidnapped on allegations of being a Negro and was enslaved in the southern parts. After the Mulatto genre, Iola was saved by the Union army and she soon starts the struggles to trace her family member who are scatter all over. She devotes her energy and dedicates her time to improving the welfare of the black communities who had been deprived off their freedom for a long time; she also goes ahead and establishes her foundation as a black woman. Iola’s struggle to find her mother down south is untainted illustration of the importance of a mother before one can settle down and enjoy freedom (Hollis 45).
The book incidents in the life of a Slave girl by Harriet Jacob, portrays the life of a girl that was born and brought up in slavery. The young girl first realized that she was a slave at the age of six years during the burial of her late mother. It was a discouraging for a girl of tender age to learn that she was another person’s property, she also lost her mistress at the age of twelve and the dream of ever coming home to a mother figure in her life again were shattered (Jacobs 2).
Jacobs wonders why young slaves would fall in love knowing too well that their destinies were in the hands of other persons and that misery might befall them before their love could see the light of the day (Jacobs 14). The family of Jacobs including the extended family were enslaved here and despite the efforts shown by her grad mother to secure here own freedom, there were numerous challenges along the route to here freedom.
Jacobs took a more responsive position and managed to escape, she was consequently able to free her kind from the land of bondage. She took a long route to achieve her freedom and that of her kids. Although, here mother died before Jacobs knew the meaning of being a slave, her grad mother lived long enough to witness the freedom of her dear family. Although Jacobs had to bring up her kids on her own after final securing the freedom they all had been yarning for, she and her kids were glad to be reunited at last (Jacobs 202).
According to the author, motherhood is not a dividing line between mothers and other members of the society but a defining moment of all female slaves and their experiences worsens as they close to this vital stage. The first child, to Jacobs meant that she has specific obligations directed to her child; the second child meant that she needed freedom to rear her family. After witnessing the plights of her mother and grad mother Jacobs desire to gain freedom was obvious, she could not sit and watch her kids grow and take over slavery responsibilities she was partaking.
The book Our Nig, the author begins by narrating the story of a young lack man who was in love with a white lady. Jim loved Mag and she loved him back not because he was special but because he was the only man in the society that understood. They had three Negro kids, mulatto children. Mag hated her kids after the death of her Jim she married Seth and sold out her kids (Harriet 46).
This book portrays a picture of uncaring and selfish mother that is so possessed with racialism to an extent of hating her own kids. Her child Frado is given to Bellmount who mistreats her after learning that her parents did not love her (134). At Bellmount’s house Frado finds some compassion with one of Bellmount’s son’s James ensuring that she is not mistreated by the other members of the family. Soon Frado finds a young man who asks for her hand in marriage and they settled down. With slavery and slaves still rampant in the society, Mag fails In her responsibility to rare her kids who were born in their marriage but due stereo types in the society, she decide to obey the call from the society and decided to forego her responsibilities as a mother (156).