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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

By: Harriet Jacobs

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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.

Reprint of the Boston, 1861 edition.
AvailabilityUsually ships in 24 to 48 hours
ISBN 100486419312
ISBN 139780486419312
Author/EditorHarriet Jacobs
FormatBook
Grade level6 and Up (ages 11 and up)
Page Count176
Dimensions5 3/16 x 8 1/4

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