Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girlby Linda Brent
Here is one of the few slave narratives written by a women. Slavery is a terrible thing, but it is far more terrible and harrowing for women than for men. Harriet Jacobs was owned by a brutal master who beat his slaves regularly and subjected them to indignations that were far worse. Jacobs eventually escaped her master and moved to a northern state. Though she was unable to take her children with her at the time they were later reunited. Read her powerful and compelling story.
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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.