Taking a unique route to exploring slavery, using a women's perspective, Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl, Written by Herself tells the story of Harriet Jacobs in her own words, accompanied by original letters and documents that talk about Jacobs' life, her thoughts on writing, and her relationships with white women abolitionists. As the first- and best-known female account of life under, and escape from, slavery, this text demonstrates how Jacobs used the written word to liberate herself and promote the end of slavery by inspiring sympathy among her Victorian, white, middle-class, female audience.
Table of Contents
PART ONE. INTRODUCTION: A New Voice for Freedom
Jacobs’s Early Life
What Really Happened?
Other Dominant Themes
The Power of the Pen
1. American Beacon, Advertisement for the Capture of Harriet
2. Lydia Maria Child, Charity Bowery, 1844
3. Harriet Jacobs, Letter to Amy Post, 1852?
4. Harriet Jacobs, Letter to Amy Post, April 4, 1853
5. Harriet Jacobs, Letter to Amy Post, March 1854
6. Harriet Jacobs, Letter to Amy Post, June 21, 1857
7. Lydia Maria Child, Letter to Harriet Jacobs, August 13, 1860
8. Weekly Anglo-African, Review of Incidents in the Life of a
9. John S. Jacobs, A True Tale of Slavery, 1861
11. Harriet Jacobs, Letter to Ednah Dow Cheney, April 25, 1867
A Harriet Jacobs Chronology (1813-1897)
Questions for Consideration