Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
by Harriet Jacobs
Editor: Dover Publications Inc.
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The true story of an individual struggles for identity, self-preservation and freedom, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Daughter remains among the few existing, the stories of slaves written by a woman.This autobiographical account tells the remarkable odyssey of Harriet Jacobs (1813-1897) whose dauntless from the spirit and faith in a life of servitude and degradation from North Carolina to freedom and reunion with her children in the North.Written and published in 1861, after Jacobs hersage to escape from a vile and predatory master, the narrative offers a powerful and unshakeable representation of the abuse and hypocrisy of the master-slave relationship.Jacobs frankly writes the horrors she suffered as a slave, her possible escape, after several unsuccessful attempts, and her seven years of self-exile, hiding in a coffin like the “attic” attached to her grandmother’s porch.A rare testimony of a courageous woman, determination and endurance, this inspiring story also represents a valuable historical document of the continuing struggle for family freedom and preservation.
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