Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Title Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl PDF eBook
Author Harriet Jacobs
Publisher Broadview Press
Total Pages 350
Release 2023-04-27
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 1770488979

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In 1861, Harriet Jacobs became the first formerly enslaved African American woman to publish a book-length account of her life. In crafting her coming-of-age story, she insisted upon biographical accuracy and bold creativity—telling the truth while giving herself and others fictionalized names. She also adapted conventions from two other popular genres: the sentimental novel and the slave narrative. Then, despite facing obstacles not encountered by white women and Black men, she orchestrated the book’s publication and became a traveling bookseller in an effort to inspire passive Americans to support the abolition of slavery. Engaging with the latest research on Jacobs’s life and work, this edition helps readers to understand the magnitude of her achievement in writing, publishing, and distributing her life story. However, it also shows how this monumental accomplishment was only the beginning of her contributions, given her advocacy work over the nearly forty years that she lived after its publication. As a survivor of sexual abuse who became an advocate, Jacobs laid a foundation for activist movements such as #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo. This edition also features six appendices, placing at readers’ fingertips resources that further illuminate the issues raised by Jacobs’s remarkable life and legacy.

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Title Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl PDF eBook
Author Harriet Ann Jacobs
Publisher
Total Pages 318
Release 1861
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN

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INCIDENTS in the LIFE of a SLAVE GIRL. Written by Herself (Annotated)

INCIDENTS in the LIFE of a SLAVE GIRL. Written by Herself (Annotated)
Title INCIDENTS in the LIFE of a SLAVE GIRL. Written by Herself (Annotated) PDF eBook
Author Harriet Jacobs
Publisher
Total Pages 257
Release 2021-04-18
Genre
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Harriet Jacobs' narrative of a life as a slave girl is unabridged, and contains an additional annotation at the start of the book. This section aims to give the reader an historical context, and contains a brief History of Slavery in America, and the Abolishment of Slavery. This will help set the stage for Harriet Ann Jacobs autobiography that is to follow: "I am aware that some of my adventures may seem incredible; but they are, nevertheless, strictly true. I have not exaggerated the wrongs inflicted by Slavery; on the contrary, my descriptions fall far short of the facts. I have concealed the names of places, and given persons fictitious names. I had no motive for secrecy on my own account, but I deemed it kind and considerate towards others to pursue this course. When I first arrived in Philadelphia, Bishop Paine advised me to publish a sketch of my life, but I told him I was altogether incompetent to such an undertaking. Though I have improved my mind somewhat since that time, I still remain of the same opinion; but I trust my motives will excuse what might otherwise seem presumptuous. I have not written my experiences in order to attract attention to myself; on the contrary, it would have been more pleasant to me to have been silent about my own history. I want to add my testimony to that of abler pens to convince the people of the Free States what Slavery really is. Only by experience can any one realize how deep, and dark, and foul is that pit of abominations. May the blessing of God rest on this imperfect effort in behalf of my persecuted people!" --Linda Brent (Pseudonym used by Harriet Ann Jacobs)

Harriet Jacobs and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Harriet Jacobs and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Title Harriet Jacobs and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl PDF eBook
Author Deborah M. Garfield
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Total Pages 328
Release 1996-02-23
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 9780521497794

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This is a far-ranging study which contextualises both the historical figure of Harriet Jacobs and her autobiography as a created work of art.

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Title Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl PDF eBook
Author Harriet A. Jacobs
Publisher BoD – Books on Demand
Total Pages 310
Release 2022-06-04
Genre Fiction
ISBN 337504125X

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Reprint of the original, first published in 1861.

The Harriet Jacobs Family Papers

The Harriet Jacobs Family Papers
Title The Harriet Jacobs Family Papers PDF eBook
Author Jean Fagan Yellin
Publisher UNC Press Books
Total Pages 480
Release 2015-12-01
Genre Social Science
ISBN 1469625792

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Although millions of African American women were held in bondage over the 250 years that slavery was legal in the United States, Harriet Jacobs (1813-97) is the only one known to have left papers testifying to her life. Her autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, holds a central place in the canon of American literature as the most important slave narrative by an African American woman. Born in Edenton, North Carolina, Jacobs escaped from her owner in her mid-twenties and hid in the cramped attic crawlspace of her grandmother's house for seven years before making her way north as a fugitive slave. In Rochester, New York, she became an active abolitionist, working with all of the major abolitionists, feminists, and literary figures of her day, including Frederick Douglass, Lydia Maria Child, Amy Post, William Lloyd Garrison, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Fanny Fern, William C. Nell, Charlotte Forten Grimke, and Nathan Parker Willis. Jean Fagan Yellin has devoted much of her professional life to illuminating the remarkable life of Harriet Jacobs. Over three decades of painstaking research, Yellin has discovered more than 900 primary source documents, approximately 300 of which are now collected in two volumes. These letters and papers written by, for, and about Jacobs and her activist brother and daughter provide for the thousands of readers of Incidents--from scholars to schoolchildren--access to the rich historical context of Jacobs's struggles against slavery, racism, and sexism beyond what she reveals in her pseudonymous narrative. Accompanied by a CD containing a searchable PDF file of the entire contents, this collection is a crucial launching point for future scholarship on Jacobs's life and times.

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Title Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl PDF eBook
Author Harriet Ann Jacobs
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages 305
Release 2015
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 0198709870

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Harriet Jacobs's slave narrative is remarkable for its candid exposure of the sexual abuse suffered by slaves at the hands of their owners. Her sufferings, and eventual escape to the North, are described in vivid detail. This edition also includes her brother's short memoir, 'A True Tale of Slavery'.