Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl

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Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is one of the most compelling accounts of slavery and one of the most unique of the one hundred or so slave narratives -- mostly written by men -- published before the Civil War.

The child and grandchild of slaves -- and therefore forbidden by law to read and write -- Harriet Jacobs was defiant in her efforts to gain freedom and to document her experience in bondage. She suffered physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her...

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Overview

Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is one of the most compelling accounts of slavery and one of the most unique of the one hundred or so slave narratives -- mostly written by men -- published before the Civil War.

The child and grandchild of slaves -- and therefore forbidden by law to read and write -- Harriet Jacobs was defiant in her efforts to gain freedom and to document her experience in bondage. She suffered physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her master at the age of eleven. In 1842, she fled North and joined a circle of abolitionists that worked for Frederick Douglass's newspaper. In 1863, she and her daughter moved to Alexandria, Virginia, where they organized medical care for Civil War victims and established the Jacobs Free School.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434103482
  • Publisher: The Editorium
  • Publication date: 4/27/2012
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 1,449,645
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Harriet Jacobs was born a slave in North Carolina around 1813 and became a fugitive in the 1830s. She died in 1897.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

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    This book should be a mandatory read in high school english classes throughout the US.

    It was realized after reading this book by Harriet Jacobs, that our United States has a past that is ugly to say the least. It is hard to phantom what we did to humans only because of the color of their skin. I highly recommend this book to be read by any and all to clearly come to an understanding of what we, the United States, has done in the past. Through knowledge, we can hopefully ensure that this never happens in our future. Knowledge is the power to make change!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Couldn't put it down!

    Some flaws in the text, but nothing that couldn't be deciphered. Compelling story. Three stars for the quality of the text, five for the historical significance and sheer readability of this memoir.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Great read!

    I read this book in one day! I was amazed at how well written it was; and how the insight into such a troubled time in this country was so easily conveyed. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone seeking further appraisals into African American history.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Very, very interesting - everyone should learn from those who lived it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    This book is Great

    I found this Book to be very interesting and it is a hard book to put down once you start reading it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Wonderful!

    This is a remarable life story. Ms. Jacobs takes us to a place we cannot imagine existed, however, very real. Thank God for the accounts of our history and the hope we still seek.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Nice!

    This book is a great read! So enlighting and thankful!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    Incedible

    I could not put this book down. How many other brilliant minds were tormented, tortured,murded? What a pure spirit. t

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Great Book but Disturbing Book

    This is a very enlightening book that pulls at the very soul when you read the things that were done to slaves by white Americans. Thank God, slavery was abolished. Any American who has the heart to treat anyone the way slaves were treated is very un-American. I enjoyed reading this book written by a slave, but it made me cringe at the things this girl went through. No living human being should have ever been treated like an animal, and some of these people were treated worse than animals. It is a very upsetting book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    Though this book gave me mixed emotions it was a good read. I didn't want to put it down. Wanted to hurry up and get to the fairy tale ending. This book gave me two definite emotions laughter from revenge or the feeling of "you thought you got one over on me, but I out slicked you") and anger from the awful ways people were treated.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    Recommended for anyone likes American history.

    My book club enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Slavery last for over 300 years in America This is an amazing account of how a young womens endurance courage and strength

    I read this book in two days

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Unbelievable!

    Read the book in one day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Classic

    Sad story, tugs at the heart strings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Excellent

    Worth paying for but it was free! Extremely engaging narrative from a primary source and not some hisorical fictions fantasy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Excellent Book!!

    Excellent book. This really gives you an idea of what people went through and one young lady especially. I loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    Recommend.

    The book provides excellent insights into the system of slavery. The cruelties were not only physical but mental and deeply affected the psyche of it's victims. The author demonstrates by example the helplessness of the slave in controlling any facet of his/her life or the lives of their children.

    The language is, in my opinion, a little too flowery, as the book was written in the 1800's and uses phrases similiar to "Alas, Dear Reader". But for learning what slavery was like from the inside, it's a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    Quite a moving story of injustice

    No matter how much I read of the lives of those who endured slavery, it still sets me back and makes me appreciate my circumstances...to be subjected to your master's whims and moods is just unthinkable. The inhumanity of man presented in the lives of the slaves, the beatings, the selling of babies, the rapes, the description of this one young lady opens eyes and hearts in it's simple prose. I recommend this book if you have a thirst for history and a desire not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    DOWNLOAD

    For those who were unable to download, there are other copies available on here. Search by title and then try downloading one of the others! The one i downloaded has Linda Brent as the author but its the same book! Hope this helps!

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    Dowload

    I could not download

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