Publisher description for Incidents in the life of a slave girl / written by herself, Harriet Jacobs. With A true tale of slavery / by John S. Jacobs ; edited with an introduction and notes by Nell Irvin Painter.


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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 between 1853 and 1858 and published pseduonymously in 1861, 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 children.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Jacobs, Harriet A. -- (Harriet Ann), -- 1813-1897.
Jacobs, John S., -- 1815-1875.
Slaves -- United States -- Biography.
Women slaves -- United States -- Biography.