Published in 1861, Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is an autobiographical account of the author's experiences as a slave in 19th-century North Carolina, from her relatively happy childhood to the brutality she experienced as a teenager and young woman to her eventual escape to the North. One of the few slave narratives written by a woman, Jacobs's work deals frankly with the horrors of slavery, shedding light on the abuses female slaves in particular often endured at the hands of their masters. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is a gripping, unflinchingly honest account of slavery, one that stands as an important counterpoint to male slave narratives by such authors as Frederick Douglass.
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I enjoyed this book. I learned quite alot of this time that I did not know. Being Canadian, this was not a subject that was ever taught in our schools.( Perhaps that has changed now, I dont know. ) This was a time in history that was more horrific than I even thought. And yet ,throughout this story, there was a constant thread of love and hope. There is quite a lot of focus on the relationship between Harriet and her grandmother. This relationship was simply amazing in it's power and strength. I came away from this book better for having listened to it, on so many levels.
What an amazing woman Harriet was, as was her family. Very highly recommended.
Lisa Reneé Pitts' voice is so sweet, and the writing so lush, this story became what I looked forward to most about getting home! As someone with hardly one cultural tie to speak of with African American history I found this a real education, and as such an impassioned first hand account, made it incredibly relatable. Would absolutely recommend!
What can say...this was a well written book, I highly enjoyed it from beginning to end!! I loved the main character she was amazing!!
This book ought to be required reading for all Americans. I am ashamed to only now realize I had never read a firsthand account of slavery by a female slave. The book both reads in such an intimate and humanizing manner as to feel like a diary while also including the writer's imploring words to awaken the sensibilities of northern women. This book is a national treasure.
I truly enjoyed this book. I learned more than I bargained for. I never really paid much attention to the struggles of fair skinned blacks. This book shed more than a spot light on that subject. I'd to thank the writer for their account.
This is a required reading for my history class, I didn't really want to read it because of the horrible treatment & cruelty of slaves is hard to hear, let alone imagine or to fathom. But this is a part of the deranged history of America that many would insist on ignoring or acting as if it was a folktale, just a sad story passed on with no truth.
I enjoyed the book, the narrator did a awesome job, her speech was very fluent all the way through. This is a very informative book & a disheartening recall of the life that Linda lived. I am glad that she finally obtained her & her children's freedom but the sadistic harshness she & her family went through to get it is grieving.
I am an African-American freshman college student, and was raised in a predominately permissive household, with most of my friends being rich or middle class white kids. I had grown a xenocentric aspect on their lifestyles, and although i knew about black oppression, i had never fully known about it. This book changed my life, and for the first time ever, i felt as much pain and suffering as any reader could towards a novel like this. I applaud Harriet Jacobs meticulous way of describing the life as a slave, and the feeling of being caged and trapped from your loved ones is something we can all relate too. I hope every single black individual, whether they be a child or an elder, gives this book a glance at, if not just for a second.
A valuable insight into the life of one slave and her children trying to achieve freedom from the South
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