Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl

eBook - 2012
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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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Dover Publications, 2012
ISBN: 9780486115467
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Nov 04, 2018

In this book by Harriet Jacobs, it starts off with Linda's peaceful childhood, when she did not know she was a slave yet. She also introduces the infamous Aunt Martha ,Linda's courageous grandmother. After the death of her mother, Linda and her younger brother start to realize what they actually are and how the rest of their life is expected to go according to Mr.Flint (Linda's master). After Linda turns 15, Mr.Flint continuously tries to get Linda to do sexual activities with her and she refuses each time. This causes tension between Mrs.Flint and Linda. Jacobs describes the cruel treatment Linda and other slaves went through by sharing stories Linda heard about or saw. After having her kids, Mr. Flint becomes very angry and jealous and he starts abusing Linda and her two kids. He also promises her that they will be his slaves as soon as they reach the right age. This gets Linda furious and she decides to come up with a plan to run away to Canada. She wants her kids to have a better future and live their life without having to do labor because of their skin color.

simeonite Aug 11, 2016

its an ok book not what I expected.

Sep 15, 2013

Excellent portrayal of real life story of a female slave who survived the loss of her family,
and everything except her dignity here in the US to escape to Canada for her freedom. She really opens up the worst of slavery for women who had not one single right, voice of support or a penny to her name.
Karen G.


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