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And degradation in North Carolina to liberty and reunion with her children in the NorthWritten and published in after Jacobs' harrowing escape from a vile and predatory master the memoir delivers a powerful and unflinching portrayal of the abuses and in the Life PDF #199 hypocrisy of the master slave relationship Jacobs writes frankly of the horrors she suffered as a slave her eventual e A human being sold in the free city of New York The bill of sale is on record and future generations will learn from it that women were articles of traffic in New York late in the nineteenth century of the Christian religion It may hereafter prove a useful document to antiuaries who are seeking to measure the progress of civilization in the United States Once upon a time in America not too long ago fellow human beings had to go to extraordinary lengths to secure ownership of their own bodies and that of their children Never forget

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself

The true story the Life PDF #10003 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 – whose dauntless spirit and Incidents in PDF or faith carried her from a life of servitude This book was first published in 1861 and reprinted in the 1970s Scholars initially doubted it was written by a slave Thankfully Harvard University Press authenticated and published findings of the 1980s and Jean Fagan Yellin Harriet Jacobs biographer dug up proof of the authenticity of this autobiography through letters and documents I only regret not having the 1987 Harvard University Press edition edited by Yellin Jacobs seemed to anticipate the doubting Thomas even as she wrote I hardly expect that the reader will credit me when I affirm that I lived in that little dismal hole almost deprived of light and air and with no space to move my limbs for nearly seven years But it is a fact and to me a sad one even now for my body still suffers from the effects of that long imprisonment to say nothing of my soul Members of my family now living in New York and Boston can testify to the truth of what I say Why the disbeliefJacobs wrote under the pseudonym Linda Brent changing the names of the abolitionists and slave owners who had helped her Legitimate reason for doubt Jacobs reason for changing the names also understandable Here s where it gets preposterous Jacobs prose was being compared to the male slave narratives Instead of being in chronological order hooray for the avid readers of contemporary creative nonfiction who find this cliche hers was told according to vivid incidents in her life Hint the title In addition she seemed like the heroine of a romance novel scholars said It was just so unfathomable that this woman this slave could have been chased in such a manner by an obsessive slave master whose wife mistreated her because she was so insanely jealous of her Why hide in such a place that resembled a coffin for so many years just because your master wanted you as his concubine It all seemed unbelievable Yet it wasn t Jacobs life was different than most She was raised by a kind slave owner who educated her gave her grandmother her freedom and yet died before Harriet could get her freedom She was of mixed race and had a father who also died before buying her freedom She was never beaten never saw hard labor and raised with a keen understanding of the world I was never cruelly overworked I was never lacerated with the whip from head to footI never had my heel strings cut to prevent my running away I was never chained to a log and forced to drag it about while I toiled in the fieldsWhen she ran away this was the posting made by her slave owner An intelligent bright mulatto girldark eyes and black hair inclined to curl but it can be made straight Has a decayed spot on a front tooth She can read and write This is the second time I ve read this account but the first time I ve captured it in its entirety Slavery is something that never ceases to baffle me How could my ancestors have been treated so cruelly like mere animals yet trusted with the food and babies of their owners How could they have been viewed unfit as humans yet fit enough to breastfeed their masters infants Reading this I paused to consider the many black mothers who raised white families because when you really consider the intimacy of breastfeeding you know that black slave mothers were giving white babies the same nutrients from their body that they gave their black babies They weren t good enough to eat from their masters tables yet good enough to stick a nipple in their masters mouths The hypocrisy and irony Speaking of intimacy think of the act of someone leaving his slave s sex bed and entering his wife s sex bed In the end women as a unit became the victimizedThis is what Jacobs seems to imply here with her themes of women as sex objects and women as slaves who treated each other as slaves the black woman and the victimized white woman as her master Most times you only hear about the crazed sexual acts but in this book you see that at times slave owners were in love with and obsessed with their female slaves even sometimes arranging for them to occupy the vacation homes away from the wives What Jacobs does in this narrative is speak directly to the issues of women during slavery the wife lover and child something that had not been done in previous narratives This narrative also highlighted something important for me The Fugitive Slave Act Imagine a life of always being on the run from the law just because you were demanding your freedom Previously slaves could always escape to the North and find refuge With this act their southern slave owners could go up north and seize them while they walked to church with their family What an emotional roller coaster Many a wife discovered a secret she had never known before that her husband was a fugitive and must leave her to insure his own safety Worse still many a husband discovered that his wife had fled from slavery years ago and as the child follows the condition of its mother the children of his love were liable to be seized and carried into slavery I learned about the Fugitive Act in history classes but never truly grasped the meaning of it until reading this book I m just glad that for Black History Month I could revisit this

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Scape after several unsuccessful attempts and her seven years in self imposed exile hiding in a coffin like garret attached to her grandmother's porchA rare firsthand account of a courageous in the Life of a MOBI #224 woman's determination and endurance this inspirational story also represents a valuable historical record of the continuing battle for freedom and the preservation of famil Filled with sadness heartache and misery Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is the personal story of Harriet Ann Jacobs known as Linda Linda was born into slavery and enjoyed a life of childish happiness for a short time But when her mother s new owner Dr Flint took control of the slaves life changed for his unfortunate chattels For he was a cruel and vindictive man always free with the whip and chain for any slight misdemeanour The majority of the slave holders were this way it was rare to find someone who was kind to their slavesSlavery was part of life in the South in the 1800s fine if you were a slave holder a master shocking if you were mulatto as Linda and her family were This story was hard to read knowing it s all true all authenticated It s a well written account of the brutality of the era an emotional and worthwhile read which I recommendYou ll find this one free to download on Project Gutenberg


10 thoughts on “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself

  1. says:

    Harriet Jacobs book is uite a nuanced account of slavery from the point of view of one who is not physically abused This does not make slavery any better being owned and used and having no free will cannot ever be anything but terrible but it was less painful For most slave owners slaves were extremely expensive farm anim

  2. says:

    This book was first published in 1861 and reprinted in the 1970s Scholars initially doubted it was written by a slave Thankfully Harvard University Press authenticated and published findings of the 1980s and Jean Fagan Yellin Harri

  3. says:

    A remarkable and vivid autobiography that details the life of Harriet Jacobs as a slave in North Carolina in the mid 1800s My Master had power and law on his side I had a determined will There is might in each uote from Incidents in the Life of a Slave GirlThis should be reuired reading in YA and history students in schools as it is document

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    A human being sold in the free city of New York The bill of sale is on record and future generations will learn from it that women were articles of traffic in New York late in the nineteenth century of the Christian religion It may hereafter prove a useful document to antiuaries who are seeking to measure the progress of c

  5. says:

    Book Review Harriet Ann Jacob’s work was similar to Frederick Douglass’ narrative in that both of the pieces read so uickly and easily I very much enjoyed Jacob’s piece The language seemed so real and almost as though Harriet or Linda was telling the story to me herself I understood the work very easily also probab

  6. says:

    Harriet Ann Jacobs Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is a harrowing account of one woman's journey from slavery to freedom It is one of only a few remaining slave narratives written by and about womenHarriet Ann Jacobs was born i

  7. says:

    Reader it is not to awaken sympathy for myself that I am telling you truthfully what I suffered in slavery I do it to kindle the flame of compassion in your heart for my sisters who are still in bondage suffering as I once suffered In the pre civil war period of 1861 Harriet Jacobs was the only black woman in the United States to have authored her own slave narrative in a call to arouse the women of the North to a realizing sens

  8. says:

    Never having read a memoir written by a person living under the yoke of slavery I found this autobiography pain

  9. says:

    Filled with sadness heartache and misery Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is the personal story of Harriet Ann Jacobs known as Linda Linda was born into slavery and enjoyed a life of childish happiness for a short time But when her mother’s new owner Dr Flint took control of the slaves life changed for his unfortunate chattels For he was a cruel and vindictive man always free with the whip and chain for any sligh

  10. says:

    I found this book in the free classics section of the other night when I couldn't sleep I couldn't put it down finished the whole thing within 3

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