Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Posted: January 31, 2012 in Harriet Jacobs, Linda Brent, Pre Blues, Slave Narrative, Slavery period

Author:  Harriet Jacobs, aka Linda Brent

Source: http://docsouth.unc.edu/fpn/jacobs/jacobs.html

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“Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” was published in 1861 by Harriet Jacobs, using the pen name “Linda Brent”. On one level it chronicles the experiences of Harriet Jacobs as a slave, and the various humiliations she had to endure. However, on another level, it also deals with the particular tortures visited on women at her station.

Incidents in the Life of Slave Girl is considered a slave narrative. Portions of it were first published in serial form before being published as a complete work in 1861, after some difficulty finding a publisher. At the same time it is seen as an example of feminist literature.

Read a scan of the book HERE

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