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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Harriet Anne Jacobs

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ISBN 10: 1497434459 / ISBN 13: 9781497434455
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014
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Title: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Paperback

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Harriet Jacobs's autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861), is the most widely-read female antebellum slave narrative. Unlike other published versions of this book, the editor, Delroy Constantine-Simms (C.Psychol) has included interviews and photographs of more than 30 women who were born and lived through the period of slavery who lived long enough to tell their often untold and unheard stories, that many of us need to hear in order to understand the true nature of slavery from a female perspective at that point in time.

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Harriet Ann Jacobs was born a slave in Edenton, North Carolina in 1813 However, when Jacobs was eleven years old, her mistress died and willed her to Dr. James Norcom, a binding decision that initiated a lifetime of suffering and hardship for Jacobs. Dr. Norcom, represented later as Dr. Flint in Jacobs's narrative, sexually harassed and physically abused the teenaged Jacobs as long as she was a servant in his household. Jacobs warded off his advances by entering into an affair with a prominent white lawyer named Samuel Treadwell Sawyer and bearing him two children: Joseph (b. 1829) and Louisa Matilda (c. 1833-1913), who legally belonged to Norcom. Fearing Norcom's persistent sexual threats and hoping that he might relinquish his hold on her children, Jacobs hid herself in the storeroom crawlspace at her grandmother's house from 1835 until 1842. During those seven years Jacobs, waiting for an opportunity to escape to the North. Jacobs was finally able to make her way to New York City by boat in 1842 and was eventually reunited with her children there.

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