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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Author: Harriet A. Jacobs
In one of the most significant slave narratives ever written, Harriet Jacobs, born a slave to mulatto parents in 1813 North Carolina, recounts her remarkable story. From her sale to an abusive master, to her bid for freedom as the lover of a white man, to her ultimate and harrowing emancipation, this work is an outstanding example of a woman's e...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780451527523
ISBN-10: 0451527526
Publication Date: 1/1/2000
Pages: 234
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4 stars, based on 25 ratings
Publisher: Signet Classics
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 6
This true story is incredibly moving. Harriet Jacobs tells of the cruel treatment of her master, not only physical punishment, but sexual advances. She truly shows the terrifying, hideous tinge slavery put on on every aspect of a slave's life. The descriptions of the circumstances of slavery were eloquent and disturbing. The sections telling of the seperations from her children had me in tears.
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A very good autobiography! Jacobs was born a slave in 1813 and became a fugitive in her 20s. Her life is one worth examination.
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This is a harrowing autobiography of Harriet Jacobs, an articulate and surreptitiously educated slave. It is emotionally wrenching to read of the abuse, indignities, deprivation, and cruelty - both physical and emotional - Jacobs endured until she was purchased and freed when she was approximately 39 years old. The horror is relieved by the reciprocal love for her grandmother, two children, a brother, and an uncle, which - along with a superhuman will - sustain her through her suffering. Jacobs' life after freedom was eventful and rewarding to her and is detailed on several online sites devoted to her.

Jacobs is the model for "Grace", another slave, in Gertrude Brooks Pulitzer Prize - winning novel, "March." Reading the two books sequentially gives the reader great insight into slavery and the Civil War.
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An astonishing story of a young woman holding her own in the slave ravaged south in the 1800's. A testament to womens' will, courage, strength, perseverance and determination. A historic phenomenon!
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Helpful Score: 4
Wow! This woman tells it like it was!! SHOCKING ! Makes a person reconsider how they treat others.
Graphic & heart breaking. A must read.
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