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Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is one of the most compelling accounts of slavery and one of the most unique of the one hundred or so slave narratives -- mostly written by men -- published before the Civil War.
The child and grandchild of slaves -- and therefore forbidden by law to read and write -- Harriet Jacobs was defiant in her efforts to gain freedom and to document her experience in bondage. She suffered physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her master at the age of eleven. In 1842, she fled North and joined a circle of abolitionists that worked for Frederick Douglass's newspaper. In 1863, she and her daughter moved to Alexandria, Virginia, where they organized medical care for Civil War victims and established the Jacobs Free School.
Her narrative includes graphic descriptions of ...
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is a gripping, unflinchingly honest account of slavery, one that stands as an important counterpoint to male slave narratives by such authors as Frederick Douglass. Read More.
But Jacobs's eventful life isn't even what makes the book so remarkable.
Title: Incidents in the life of a slave girl Author: Harriet Ann Jacobs, Mrs. Child [Lydia Maria] Created Date: 10/28/2010 4:26:53 PM
Harriet Ann Jacobs was born a slave in 1813 in Edenton, North Carolina.