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Incidents in the life of a slave girl : written by herself

Author: Harriet A Jacobs; Jennifer Fleischner
Publisher: Boston : Bedford/St. Martin's, ©2010.
Series: Bedford series in history and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Personal narratives
Named Person: Harriet A Jacobs; Harriet A Jacobs
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Harriet A Jacobs; Jennifer Fleischner
ISBN: 9780312442668 0312442661
OCLC Number: 303050601
Description: xii, 286 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Introduction: A New Voice for Freedom --
Jacob's early life --
What really happened? --
Other dominant themes --
The Power of the pen --
Pseudonymns of Key Figures in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself --
pt. 2. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself / L. Maria Child --
pt. 3. Related Documents --
American Beacon, Advertisement for the Capture of Harriet Jacobs, July 4, 1835 --
Lydia Maria Child, Charity Bowery, 1844 --
Harriet Jacobs, Letter to Amy Post, 1852? --
Harriet Jacobs, Letter to Amy Post, April 4, 1853 --
Harriet Jacobs, Letter to Amy Post, March 1854 --
Harriet Jacobs, Letter to Amy Post, June 21, 1857 --
Lydia Maria Child, Letter to Harriet Jacobs, August 13, 1860 --
Weekly Anglo-African, Review of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, April 13, 1861 --
John S. Jacobs, A True Tale of Slavery, 1861 --
Harriet Jacobs, Life Among the Contrabands, 1862 --
Harriet Jacobs, Letter to Ednah Dow Cheney, April 25, 1867.
Series Title: Bedford series in history and culture.
Responsibility: by Harriet Jacobs ; with related documents ; edited with an introduction by Jennifer Fleischner.
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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."--pub. desc.

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