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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself Author:Harriet A. Jacobs "I have...Striven faithfully to give a true and just account of my own life in Slavery...to come to you just as I am a poor Slave Mother -- not to tell you what I have heard but what I have seen -- and what I have suffered." — - Harriet A. Jacobs to Amy Post, 1857 — Harriet A. Jacobs was born a slave in North Carolina in 1813 and became a fugitive... more » in the 1830s. She recorded her triumphant struggle for freedom in an autobiography that was published pseudonymously in 1861.
As Linda BRent, the book's heroine and narrator, Jacobs recounts the history of her family: a remarkable grandmother who hid her from her master for seven years; a brother who escaped and spoke out for abolition; her two children, whom she rescued and sent north. She recalls the degradation of slavery and the special sexual oppression she found as a slave woman: the master who was determined to make her his concubine, his jealous wife, the future congressman who fathered her children but broke his promise to set them free. She also portrays a supportive black community, both slave and free, and sympathetic whites: a slave mistress who sheltered her; the northern woman who employed her, helped her avoid capture, and eventually bought her freedom; the abolitionist-feminist friend who encouraged her to write her autobiography; and Lydia Maria Child, the well-known writer who donated her services as an editor.
Incidents [italicized] is the major antebellum autobiography of a black woman. With Frederick Douglass's account of his life, it is one of the two archetypes in the genre of the slave narrative. Now, in this fully realized edition, editor Jean Fagan Yellin identifies the people and places that Jacobs wrote about, presents new materials about Jacobs and her manuscript, including photographs and a selection of Jacobs's letters, and locates Incidents [italicized] in relation to other literature. Yellin does full justice at last to this splendid and moving work, a classic of American history and literature, of women's writing, and of the Afro-American experience.« less