Harriet Jacobs:  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl


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Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself (1861) is a personal narrative published as the author was approaching fifty years of age on the cusp of the Civil War. Jacobs was born into slavery in North Carolina, but she managed to escape and gain her freedom as well as the freedom of her two children. While the book is autobiographical, it changes the names of the participants, with Jacobs writing under the pseudonym Linda Brent. Her narrative details her life...