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  • Title: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Author: Harriet Ann Jacobs
  • ISBN: 9780486419312
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Paperback
  • The true story of an individual s struggle for self identity, self preservation, and freedom, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl remains among the few extant slave narratives written by a woman This autobiographical account chronicles the remarkable odyssey of Harriet Jacobs 1813 1897 whose dauntless spirit and faith carried her from a life of servitude and degradatiThe true story of an individual s struggle for self identity, self preservation, and freedom, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl remains among the few extant slave narratives written by a woman This autobiographical account chronicles the remarkable odyssey of Harriet Jacobs 1813 1897 whose dauntless spirit and faith carried her from a life of servitude and degradation in North Carolina to liberty and reunion with her children in the North.Written and published in 1861 after Jacobs harrowing escape from a vile and predatory master, the memoir delivers a powerful and unflinching portrayal of the abuses and hypocrisy of the master slave relationship Jacobs writes frankly of the horrors she suffered as a slave, her eventual escape after several unsuccessful attempts, and her seven years in self imposed exile, hiding in a coffin like garret attached to her grandmother s porch.A rare firsthand account of a courageous woman s determination and endurance, this inspirational story also represents a valuable historical record of the continuing battle for freedom and the preservation of family.
    Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl The true story of an individual s struggle for self identity self preservation and freedom Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl remains among the few extant slave narratives written by a woman Thi

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    1. Harriet Jacobs book is quite a nuanced account of slavery from the point of view of one who is not physically abused This does not make slavery any better, being owned and used and having no free will cannot ever be anything but terrible, but it was less painful For most slave owners slaves were extremely expensive farm animals and only the richest who could afford herds of them would be able to maltreat them on a continual basis If you want hard work from your oxen, and you want to breed from y [...]

    2. A human being sold in the free city of New York The bill of sale is on record, and future generations will learn from it that women were articles of traffic in New York, late in the nineteenth century of the Christian religion It may hereafter prove a useful document to antiquaries, who are seeking to measure the progress of civilization in the United States.Once upon a time in America, not too long ago, fellow human beings had to go to extraordinary lengths to secure ownership of their own bodi [...]

    3. This book was first published in 1861 and reprinted in the 1970s Scholars initially doubted it was written by a slave Thankfully, Harvard University Press authenticated and published findings of the 1980s, and Jean Fagan Yellin, Harriet Jacobs biographer, dug up proof of the authenticity of this autobiography through letters and documents I only regret not having the 1987 Harvard University Press edition edited by Yellin Jacobs seemed to anticipate the doubting Thomas, even as she wrote I hardly [...]

    4. Reader, it is not to awaken sympathy for myself that I am telling you truthfully what I suffered in slavery I do it to kindle the flame of compassion in your heart for my sisters who are still in bondage, suffering as I once suffered.In the pre civil war period of 1861, Harriet Jacobs was the only black woman in the United States to have authored her own slave narrative, in a call to arouse the women of the North to a realizing sense of the condition of two millions of women at the South convinc [...]

    5. Book Review Harriet Ann Jacob s work was similar to Frederick Douglass narrative in that both of the pieces read so quickly and easily I very much enjoyed Jacob s piece The language seemed so real and almost as though Harriet, or Linda, was telling the story to me herself I understood the work very easily also probably because I had previously read Douglass piece which showed the life of a slave who was beaten viciously at times Jacobs, who experienced a very different type of slavery was menta [...]

    6. Filled with sadness, heartache and misery, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is the personal story of Harriet Ann Jacobs, known as Linda Linda was born into slavery and enjoyed a life of childish happiness for a short time But when her mother s new owner Dr Flint took control of the slaves, life changed for his unfortunate chattels For he was a cruel and vindictive man, always free with the whip and chain for any slight misdemeanour The majority of the slave holders were this way it was rare [...]

    7. Letters of a Slave Girl by Mary Lyons was recommended to me, and maybe that one is easier to read than this book That is a novel based on the life of Harriet Jacobs, and this book was actually written by her She was a slave in the town I grew up in It s been hard for me to finish it because it is really hard to let my mind be taken into a society like that Her owner was a prominent member of the community, the doctor I keep thinking, I m so glad I have never heard that the town doctor was a part [...]

    8. I found this book in the free classics section of the other night when I couldn t sleep I couldn t put it down finished the whole thing within 30 hours Slavery is such a heartbreaking thing this book really helped me understand how devastating it was and why it had such a lasting impact on our society Highly recommend.

    9. You know, for being such a short book, this one packs a wallop I think that we re all used to stories about the brutality and horrors of slavery, and that is a part of this memoir as well, but mostly it is focused on how degrading and dehumanizing and mentally torturous it is to be considered someone s property, to be used and treated however they feel, as though you re a throw rug to be taken out and beat for a while I don t think that there s much that I could say about this book that hasn t a [...]

    10. READER be assured this narrative is no fiction I am aware that some of my adventures may seem incredible but they are nevertheless strictly true I have not exaggerated the wrongs inflicted by Slavery, on the contrary, my descriptions fall far short of the facts I have concealed the names of places and given persons fictitious names I had no motive for secrecy on my own account, but I deemed it kind and considerate towards others to pursue this course I wish I were competent to the task I have u [...]

    11. Well, it s a detailed book of the de womanizing cruelties of slavery, which is always an interesting and educational read, but never easy or uplifting read One thing I liked about this book compared to other slavery experience books I ve read is the heart wrenching description of the slave mother s soul, heartache, trials, worries, etc The huge reason, though, I only gave this book 2 stars was because of my innate skepticism and the debated controversary always surrounding this book many say tha [...]

    12. Next time you hear somebody going on about how the mulatto or house negro class in slave days were privileged and got over on the field negroes, tell them to read this book Sure, the mulatto or light skinned slaves got to work in the house or were sometimes allowed to work away from the plantation in a trade and sometimes got to keep their own money If they were really lucky, they might be taught to read on the sly.However, these privileges were likely to be taken away at any momemt at the whim [...]

    13. Okay, the cutest old man was one of our bazillion proctors at the bar exam and I joked with him in the elevator about how if I were him, I d be freaking psyched for the day because it would mean 8 hours of reading He told me all about how he was reading this interesting book He came over later and asked me for my address so he could mail it to me when he finished it But when I turned in my last set of questions for the day, he said he finished it for me and forked it over What a sweetheart I m g [...]

    14. Courtesy of my blog, craftyscribbles An unflinching account of Harriet Jacobs life as woman living as a slave I place living in quotations to demonstrate the difference between living a life, which connotes freedom, and surviving a life, which illustrates a resemblance of a life within another s desire to wrap cruel albatrosses around your neck, proverbial and literal.Ms Jacobs life began as a slave She s never known freedom otherwise until her heartbreaking story leads to her freedom Through va [...]

    15. First hand account of slavery written by a 19th century former slave and later abolitionist named Harriet Jacobs She published this novel in 1861 under the pseudonym Linda Brent Jacobs was born in Edenton North Carolina in 1813 Both of her parents were biracial slaves and her maternal grandmother was highly respected in the small town Edenton by both white and black folks Jacobs mother belonged to a kind mistress who taught Jacobs how to read and write When Jacobs was 12 years old, both of her p [...]

    16. The bill of sale is on record, and future generations will learn from it that women were articles of traffic in New York, late in the nineteenth century of the Christian religion It may hereafter prove a useful document to antiquaries, who are seeking to measure the progress of civilization in the United States I well know the value of that bit of paper but much as I love freedom, I do not like to look upon it I am deeply grateful to the generous friend who procured it, but I despise the miscrea [...]

    17. This book was exhausting, emotionally and spiritually Let it be an indictment to all those who think owning another human being is acceptable, even marginally Let it be an indictment to all those who think that owning another human being should enter one s consciousness, even for a milli second.The greatest censure this book brings is to all those who looked but did not see who did not want to see Are doctors of divinity blind, or are they hypocrites I suppose some are the one, and some the othe [...]

    18. This is what I m talking about.It s Abolitionist week for my work this week, so I ve read this, and Uncle Tom s Cabin, and I m really, really glad I read this second I couldn t have sat through a sentimentalist novel by a white lady after this I would probably have projectile vomited all over it.Earlier in the year, I read Lynn Hunt s fantastic book, Inventing Human Rights, the main premise of which is that literature sparks empathy better than anything else, so reading about other people s expe [...]

    19. Harriet Jacobs, a slave in Edenton, North Carolina, was fortunate in the sense that she was never whipped But her life was nonetheless a living hell An attractive mulatto, she was sexually harassed by her owner, the town s respectable doctor, for years, and despised by the owner s wife because of it She surrendered her morals this was the way she and her grandmother saw it to another white man who was kind to her in order to at least have some control over her situation She bore two children by [...]

    20. This powerful memoir gives us a little feel of slavery s inescapable relentlessness It s painful to read and experience along with the author, but what an inspiring heroine I had heard that the poor slave had many friends at the north I trusted we should find some of them Meantime, we would take it for granted that all were friends, till they proved to the contrary If a woman who went through what Harriet Jacobs went through years of oppression by the family that owned her, constant fear for her [...]

    21. A retelling of the lives of black slaves of the south through the eyes of one born a slave during the pre civil war years in America Harriet tells not only her own story, but countless others, and at the time it was written, it fanned the abolitionist fires that started a war Much of her story exposes not only the cruel and inhuman treatment of slaves in general, but also the sexual predatory ways of men in power i.e her own tyrannical master, Doctor Flint The author loathed her position and whe [...]

    22. Why does the slave ever love Why allow the tendrils of the heart to twine around objects which may at any moment be wrenched away by the hand of violence Six generations after outlawing of the living death that was slavery, virtually everyone agrees with the general sentiment that slavery was awful But while the physical torment endured by slaves is what is often at the forefront of the discussion, the emotional and psychological toll is indescribable Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl brings [...]

    23. True memoir penned by Harriet Jacobs and the inhumanity of life as a slave This was written in 1861 and was very controversial at the time of it s release, as many debunked the truth of Jacobs because slaves were not allowed to learn how to write or read Ms Jacobs was a house servant who s mistress ie owner allowed her to take books to her grandmother s and also helped her to read and write her mistress was 7 years old The cruelty which we inflict on other human beings never ceases to curdle my [...]

    24. My eighth grade history teacher, who fancied himself an iconoclast conservative in a sea of conformist liberals, once said in class that slaveowners treated slaves well because they needed to protect their property, like a Cadillac He did not ask what the single African American in that advance class thought I recently heard someone take the same faux inconoclastic position If there is justice, I hope both men are sentenced to read this book for eternity What Jacobs proves is that slaveowners di [...]

    25. This book is riveting The fact that it was written at all is unbelievable THIS should be required reading in high schools, but unfortunately I don t think it s on the list.

    26. This book is a free book available for Kindle and as there are so few memoirs of slaves written by themselves, I couldn t resist You most likely know it was illegal to teach slaves to read and write and those who did learn usually kept that fact secret This slave, however, as a house slave had access to reading materials and read especially newspapers and the Bible all her life to give pertinent news to other slaves.Her name was Linda She was owned by the very young daughter of a doctor, but the [...]

    27. This is the horrific story of slavery as practiced in the United States until the Civil War It is the personal history of Harriet Jacobs who managed to escape to the North after spending seven years hidden in a small, cramped crawlspace which only marginally protected her from the elements In addition to telling her personal story, she relates the tortured lives of other slaves She shows how slavery as practiced by the South was degrading, not only to the slaves themselves, but to the white fami [...]

    28. It is my understanding that slave narratives were written to aid the abolitionist in persuading white northerners to join the movement by illustrating the horrors of slavery Considering the era and her audience, I realize it was necessary for Jacobs language to bring attention to such vulgarities without actually being vulgar Personally, I felt her portrayal was too tame when it came to describing the brutality and injustice inflicted on female slaves that trampled on their humanity and their ge [...]

    29. Having read Frederick Douglass s autobiography, I am convinced that the way a story is told depends truly on the story teller As Douglass tells of his experience of slavery from the male s perspective, Jacobs presents to her readers an opportunity to see what slavery was like for women and children As a woman, Jacobs s cry is not only for freedom from the bondage of slavery, but for freedom to obtain what is known as The Cult of True Womanhood, an ideology that elevated middle class, white women [...]

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