Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl


  • Author Harriet Jacobs
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Harriet Jacobs
“Reader! Be assured this narrative is no fiction. I am aware that some of my advantages may seem incredible; but they are, nevertheless, strictly true…. Neither do I care to excite sympathy for my own suffering I do it to kindle a flame of compassion in your hearts for my sisters who are still in bondage.”
With these words, Harriet Jacobs, speaking through her narrator, Linda Brent, reveals her reasons for deciding to make her personal story of enslavement, degradation, and sexual exploitation public. Although generally ignored by critics, who often dismissed Jacobs’ incidents in the life of a Slave Girl, written by herself as a fictionalized account of slaver, the work is heralded today as the first book-length narrative by an ex-slave that reveals the unique brutalities inflicted on enslaved women.


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