Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself : With Related Documents

By (author) Harriet Jacobs , Edited by Jennifer Fleischner

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Much of what is known about the experience of slavery comes from first-person accounts written by formerly enslaved men. In this volume, Jennifer Fleischner examines the first- and best-known female account of life under, and escape from, slavery -- Harriet Jacobs' autobiography. In her introduction, Fleischner shows how Jacobs used the written word to liberate herself and promote the end of slavery by carefully discussing her sexual exploitation as a slave in ways that would inspire sympathy in -- and not offend -- her Victorian white, middle-class, female audience. The rich collection of related documents that accompany Jacobs' complete narrative -- including a selection of Jacobs' letters and her brother's account of some of the same incidents Jacobs describes -- illuminate Jacobs' life, her thoughts about writing, and her relationships with white women abolitionists. Document headnotes, a chronology, questions for consideration, a selected bibliography, and a chart of the pseudonyms Jacobs used for her real-life characters further enrich this important contribution to the history of slavery in America.

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  • Paperback | 286 pages
  • 137.16 x 203.2 x 12.7mm | 340.19g
  • 27 Jul 2009
  • BEDFORD BOOKS
  • Boston, MA
  • English
  • 0312442661
  • 9780312442668
  • 1,059,697

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Jennifer Fleischner (Ph.D., Columbia) is a professor of English at Adelphi University. She is the author of "Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly: The Remarkable Story of the Friendship Between a First Lady and a Former Slave "(2004")" and" Mastering Slavery: Memory, Family, and Identity in Women's Slave Narratives "(1996), as well as the historical novel "Nobody's Boy "(2006). With Susan Weisser she is also the co-editor of "Feminist Nightmares: Women at Odds: Feminism and the Problem of Sisterhood "(1994).

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