Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself - With Related Documents / Edition 1

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself - With Related Documents / Edition 1

by Harriet Jacobs
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312442661

ISBN-13: 9780312442668

Pub. Date: 07/27/2009

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

Much of what is known about the experience of slavery comes from first-person accounts written by formerly enslaved men. In this volume, Jennifer Fleischner examines the first- and best-known female account of life under, and escape from, slavery — Harriet Jacobs’ autobiography. In her introduction, Fleischner shows how Jacobs used the written word to

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Much of what is known about the experience of slavery comes from first-person accounts written by formerly enslaved men. In this volume, Jennifer Fleischner examines the first- and best-known female account of life under, and escape from, slavery — Harriet Jacobs’ autobiography. In her introduction, Fleischner shows how Jacobs used the written word to liberate herself and promote the end of slavery by carefully discussing her sexual exploitation as a slave in ways that would inspire sympathy in — and not offend — her Victorian white, middle-class, female audience. The rich collection of related documents that accompany Jacobs’ complete narrative — including a selection of Jacobs’ letters and her brother’s account of some of the same incidents Jacobs describes — illuminate Jacobs’ life, her thoughts about writing, and her relationships with white women abolitionists. Document headnotes, a chronology, questions for consideration, a selected bibliography, and a chart of the pseudonyms Jacobs used for her real-life characters further enrich this important contribution to the history of slavery in America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312442668
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
07/27/2009
Series:
Bedford Cultural Editions Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
352,594
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
          
PART ONE. INTRODUCTION: A New Voice for Freedom
    Jacobs’s Early Life
    What Really Happened?
    Other Dominant Themes
    The Power of the Pen
    Pseudonyms of Key Figures in Incidents in the Life of a
      Slave Girl, Written by Herself
 
PART TWO: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written
  by Herself. Edited by L. Maria Child
 
PART THREE. RELATED DOCUMENTS
1. American Beacon, Advertisement for the Capture of Harriet
      Jacobs, July 4, 1835
2. Lydia Maria Child, Charity Bowery, 1844
3. Harriet Jacobs, Letter to Amy Post, 1852?
4. Harriet Jacobs, Letter to Amy Post, April 4, 1853
5. Harriet Jacobs, Letter to Amy Post, March 1854
6. Harriet Jacobs, Letter to Amy Post, June 21, 1857
7. Lydia Maria Child, Letter to Harriet Jacobs, August 13, 1860
8. Weekly Anglo-African, Review of Incidents in the Life of a
      Slave Girl, April 13, 1861
9. John S. Jacobs, A True Tale of Slavery, 1861
10. Harriet Jacobs, Life Among the Contrabands, 1862
11. Harriet Jacobs, Letter to Ednah Dow Cheney, April 25, 1867
 
Appendixes
    A Harriet Jacobs Chronology (1813-1897)
    Questions for Consideration       
    Selected Bibliography 
Index 

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