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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.

Public Domain (P)2011 Tantor

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  • ben
  • Coquitlam, BC, Canada
  • 11-09-11

WELL WORTH YOUR CREDIT!

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.

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  • Pandora
  • Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • 11-04-11

A joy!

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!

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Great Book!!!

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!!

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Must Read

What an amazing story! Well written and hard to read. Such a hard look at history.

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What a struggle for freedom, but all worth it.

To think about being hidden in a small garret for seven years to avoid a slave owner's wrath and I'll treatment is an atrocity to mankind's history.

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I have read many books on this subject and have found others far better. I did not care for the style of the presentation as it felt choppy in diary form. The story did not draw me in enough and therefore I felt less connected to the characters. Just OK for me. Narration was good.

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Required Reading for all Americans

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.

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Tunga - Lithonia, GA

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.

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this book is narrated so vividly, it places you at a firsthand experience of the trials of Jacobs . I can't wait to start my next slave narrative.

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I was assigned to read this book for one of my college classes. I struggled with reading it on my own, but after downloading it on audible 5 minutes into listening and I could stop!!

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  • 02-18-16

excellent rrad

A valuable insight into the life of one slave and her children trying to achieve freedom from the South

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