Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

How does Harriet Jacob's narrative help us understand why war broke out when it did?

why did the war break out? did she explain that in the text?

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The primary goal of Jacob's narrative, as with many slave narratives, was to appeal to liberal whites. Although most Southern rural whites were in favour of the slave-trade there was a growing abolitionist movement including Quakers who were sympathetic to the slaves' plight. Certainly narratives like this spread the cause to educated (one's who could read) and progressive whites.