Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself This is an alternate cover ed for ISBN , A haunting, evocative recounting of her life as a slave in North Carolina and of her final escape and emancipation, Harriet Jacobs's classic narrative, written betweenandand published pseduonymously in , tells firsthand of the horrors inflicted on slaves In writing this extraordinary memoir, which culminates in the seven years she spent hiding in a crawl space in her grandmother's attic, Jacobs skillfully used the literary genres of her time, presenting a thoroughly feminist narrative that portrays the evils and traumas of slavery, particularly for women and childrenThis volume also contains A True Tale of Slavery by John S Jacobs, Harriet's brother It ispages long ❰Reading❯ ➿ Book Lover Author Jennifer Kaufman – A haunting [EPUB] ✷ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector By Delores Fossen – evocative recounting of her life as a slave in North Carolina and of her final escape and emancipation ❰EPUB❯ ✰ Kholodovs Last Mistress Author Kate Hewitt – Harriet Jacobs's classic narrative ❰Epub❯ ❧ Wicked Sinner (Regency Sinners 7) Auteur Carole Mortimer – written betweenandand published pseduonymously in ➵ [Reading] ➷ If the Stiletto Fits... 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Lynn – particularly for women and childrenThis volume also contains A True Tale of Slavery by John S Jacobs ➶ [Read] ➲ Gift-Wrapped Governess By Sophia James ➾ – Harriet's brother It ispages long I found this book in the free classics section ofthe 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. 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 your cows, they have to be kept healthy and in good condition Well fed, rested, and with downtime Not a life of ease or quality, not one without the whip, but one designed that the animals will do their job dawn to dusk and breed on a regular basis So it was with slaves.However there is a line in a book Caribbean Slave Society and Economy: A Student Reader by Beckles and Shepherd that says, Within one year of the free market being established in Kingston, it was run by slaves much to everyone's satisfaction.What does that say? It says quite a few things It says that the slaves had time and plots of land big enough to grow producethan sufficient for their needs and of a high quality It says that (some) slave masters allowed slaves time to go to market and sell their produce once a week which is allowing entrepreneurship It says that the slaves were wellorganised and commercially savvy It says they had good customer service skills What it says most of all was that Slaves were all victimised but not all became victims And that is why there are so many successful Black islands in the Caribbean But this is not to blame those were victims It must have been very hard to have the strength of mind and character not to be when one is owned, beaten and treated far worse than the family dog The best book I could recommend on slaves not being victims is Marlon James' The Book of Night Women A very enjoyable and instructive book that will have you cheering and rooting for some characters that do some very evil things You might have to listen to it rather than read it though as it is almost all in Jamaican dialect.Read Jan 2013, reviewed Aug 2016. 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 expect that the reader will credit me, when I affirm that I lived in that little dismal hole, almost deprived of light and air, and with no space to move my limbs, for nearly seven years But it is a fact; and to me a sad one, even now; for my body still suffers from the effects of that long imprisonment, to say nothing of my soul Members of my family, now living in New York and Boston, can testify to the truth of what I say Why the disbelief?Jacobs wrote under the pseudonym: Linda Brent, changing the names of the abolitionists and slave owners who had helped her Legitimate reason for doubt Jacobs' reason for changing the names, also understandable Here's where it gets preposterous: Jacobs' prose was being compared to the male slave narratives Instead of being in chronological order (hooray for the avid readers of contemporary creative nonfiction who find this cliche), hers was told according to vivid incidents in her life Hint: the title In addition, she seemed like the heroine of a romance novel, scholars said It was just so unfathomable, that this woman, this slave, could have been chased in such a manner, by an obsessive slave master whose wife mistreated her because she was so insanely jealous of her Why hide in such a place that resembled a coffin, for so many years, just because your master wanted you as his concubine? It all seemed unbelievable Yet it wasn't Jacobs' life was different than most She was raised by a kind slave owner who educated her, gave her grandmother her freedom, and yet died before Harriet could get her freedom She was of mixed race and had a father who also died before buying her freedom She was never beaten, never saw hard labor, and raised with a keen understanding of the world: I was never cruelly overworked; I was never lacerated with the whip from head to foot…I never had my heelstrings cut to prevent my running away; I was never chained to a log and forced to drag it about, while I toiled in the fields…When she ran away, this was the posting made by her slave owner: An intelligent, bright, mulatto girl…dark eyes, and black hair inclined to curl; but it can be made straight Has a decayed spot on a front tooth She can read and write This is the second time I've read this account, but the first time I've captured it in its entirety Slavery is something that never ceases to baffle me How could my ancestors have been treated so cruelly, like mere animals, yet trusted with the food and babies of their owners? How could they have been viewed unfit as humans, yet fit enough to breastfeed their masters' infants? Reading this, I paused to consider the many black mothers who raised white families, because when you really consider the intimacy of breastfeeding, you know that black slave mothers were giving white babies the same nutrients from their body that they gave their black babies They weren't good enough to eat from their masters' tables, yet good enough to stick a nipple in their masters'mouths The hypocrisy and irony Speaking of intimacy, think of the act of someone leaving his slave's sex bed and entering his wife's sex bed In the end, women as a unit, became the victimized.This is what Jacobs seems to imply here, with her themes of women as sex objects, and women as slaves who treated each other as slaves; the black woman and the victimized white woman as her master Most times you only hear about the crazed sexual acts but in this book, you see that at times, slave owners were in love with, and obsessed with their female slaves, even sometimes arranging for them to occupy the vacation homes away from the wives What Jacobs does in this narrative is speak directly to the issues of women during slavery, (the wife, lover, and child) something that had not been done in previous narratives This narrative also highlighted something important for me: The Fugitive Slave Act Imagine a life of always being on the run from the law, just because you were demanding your freedom Previously, slaves could always escape to the North and find refuge With this act, their southern slave owners could go up north and seize them while they walked to church with their family What an emotional roller coaster: Many a wife discovered a secret she had never known beforethat her husband was a fugitive and must leave her to insure his own safety Worse still, many a husband discovered that his wife had fled from slavery years ago, and as the child follows the condition of its mother, the children of his love were liable to be seized and carried into slavery I learned about the Fugitive Act in history classes but never truly grasped the meaning of it until reading this book I'm just glad that for Black History Month, I could revisit this. A remarkable and vivid autobiography that details the life of Harriet Jacobs as a slave in North Carolina in the mid 1800s My Master had power and law on his side I had a determined will There is might in each Quote from Incidents in the Life of a Slave GirlThis should be required reading in YA and history students in schools as it is documents the author’s life as a slave and her fight for freedom for herself and her children An account in which female slaves are subjected to sexual abuse, the sale of their siblings and children, a life of torture, mental and physical cruelty with little hope of freedom, or even inner peace These types of books make me angry and frustrated and certainly don't make for pleasant reading and yet we NEED to read these books to inform, and educate us and most of all so we never forget the pain and injustice that was inflicted upon our fellow humans in the not so distant past I happened to listen to this one on Audible and the narration was quite poor and I really would not recommend it as a book of this importance deserves a narrator that can tell the story with clarity and without a forced southern drawl.I am so glad I came across this book as I have read quite a few historical fiction novels on slavery but this was an eye opener and certainly a book I will remember a long time from now.

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