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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"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.
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!!
"Opened my eyes to the slave life"
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 must read for all Americans"
A beautifully and elegantly written novel--a story of courage and redemption. This should be required reading
"Reads Like Fiction"
This was a great book. Very insightful into the life of someone who is a Slave. This book reads so well and smoothly you almost forget it is non fiction.
"First person narrative"
First person can be a slow read . . . It picked up near the end. Overall, an enlightening story, just not a scintillating one.
"I did not enjoy this book"
No, I enjoy pre-civil war books. However the way in which this story was told made it less enjoyable.
"Really Wanted to Like It"
This book was just boring. There was some interesting historical info presented but I really couldn't wait for it to be over.
"Don't be fooled, it's bad"
who knows, it's a terrible read
Don't bother, there are far better books on the subject, "the book of night women"
A valuable insight into the life of one slave and her children trying to achieve freedom from the South
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