Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girlby Linda Brent (Harriet Jacobs), L. Maria Child (Editor)
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is one of the first personal narratives written by a slave and one of the few written by a woman. Harriet Jacobs, Linda Brent, was a slave in North Carolina who suffered terribly at the hands of a ruthless owner. She made several failed attempts to escape before successfully making her way north, a process that took years of hiding and slow travel.
Jacobs is now perhaps the most read and studied Black American woman of the nineteenth century.
"Reader be assured this narrative is no fiction. 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."
- Bottom of the Hill Publishing
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- 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.35(d)
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I enjoyed reading this piece. It was an educational, emotional and entertaining experience. Even though I am a student of the subject of slavery, I was still enlightened by what was recounted in this tale. I was impressed that an African American slave woman without any education (other than being able to read and write) could author this remarkably eloquent work. The facts presented therein are astounding. Also, the imagery and plot are superb. Unfortunately, the beginning of the book did not please me. I thought that the writer's description of her childhood was not credible. She paints a rosy picture that I doubt would have been shared by other slave children. Moreover, her "disrespect" of her master (in later years) sometimes went unpunished. This was unprecedented. Ironically, her recollections of childhood sets the main character up for a rude awakening. This incredible woman, at times in the novel, seems too delicate or polite to fully depict the horrors of slavery in the USA. However, she presents enough information for the reader to be absolutely appalled. It is a very good story. People who read Christian literature will enjoy this book. I recommend it.