Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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This autobiographical account by a former slave is one of the few extant narratives written by a woman. Written and published in 1861, it delivers a powerful portrayal of the brutality of slave life. Jacobs speaks frankly of her master's abuse and her eventual escape, in a tale of dauntless spirit and faith.

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 129.54 x 205.74 x 12.7mm | 136.08g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0486419312
  • 9780486419312
  • 17,280

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The true story of an individual's struggle for self-identity, self-preservation, and freedom, "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" remains among the few extant slave narratives written by a woman. This autobiographical account chronicles the remarkable odyssey of Harriet Jacobs (1813 1897) whose dauntless spirit and faith carried her from a life of servitude and degradation in North Carolina to liberty and reunion with her children in the North. Written and published in 1861 after Jacobs' harrowing escape from a vile and predatory master, the memoir delivers a powerful and unflinching portrayal of the abuses and hypocrisy of the master-slave relationship. Jacobs writes frankly of the horrors she suffered as a slave, her eventual escape after several unsuccessful attempts, and her seven years in self-imposed exile, hiding in a coffin-like "garret" attached to her grandmother's porch. A rare firsthand account of a courageous woman's determination and endurance, this inspirational story also represents a valuable historical record of the continuing battle for freedom and the preservation of family."

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