Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself
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One woman's amazing story of abuse, degradation, and courage as she faces the devastating hardships of America's "peculiar institution."
Harriet Jacobs might never have written her ground-breaking testament to the particular cruelties experienced by female slaves, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, if it were not for her bravery and daring. Born a slave in North Carolina in 1813, Jacobs led a difficult early life, being passed from household to household and enduring terrifying encounters with predatory male slave-owners. After giving birth to two children before the age of twenty, Jacobs escaped the plantation where her vindictive master had forced her to work. She went into hiding and eventually ended up in New York, working as a free woman in the home of a well-known abolitionist. In 1861, Jacobs was reunited with her children, and, finally free of the last painful vestiges of her former life, could at last give voice to the suffering of multitudes of women still enslaved in the South. This true story of heart-breaking cruelty and a young woman’s fierce struggle for basic human rights fueled the abolitionist cause during the American Civil War and continues to be an important record of the life of female slaves in a very bleak period of American history.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
Seven Years Concealed.
"Northerners know nothing at all about Slavery. They think it is perpetual bondage only. They have no conception of the depth of _degradation_ involved in that word, SLAVERY; if they had, they would never cease their efforts until so horrible a system was overthrown."
Reviewed by nagendra on May 9, 2013
Author did great job. It is awesome book. Every moment is described well. its good book for everyone.
Reviewed by Damaris1007 on Feb 22, 2013
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Wonderfully written and very moving!
Reviewed by msjackson2u on Jun 5, 2012
Reviewed by weby2k on May 31, 2012
Title is explicit and straight to the point
Passionately written, and easy to understand. A bit of polishing may be nice if it won't tamper with the originality
Reviewed by vmeadows on Feb 23, 2011
A Must Read, Recommend to Young People
This book, so wonderfully written in the authors own voice, was very compelling and eye opening. I truly feel that young people should read these memoires and learn of the atrocities that happened so as might appreciate and love more.
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