Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

By Harriet Ann Jacobs; Michael Jacobs; Linda Brent (Preface by)
(Dover Publications, Paperback, 9780486419312, 176pp.)

Publication Date: November 2001

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This autobiographical account by a former slave is one of the few extant narratives written by a woman. Written and published in 1861, it delivers a powerful portrayal of the brutality of slave life. Jacobs speaks frankly of her master's abuse and her eventual escape, in a tale of dauntless spirit and faith.

About the Author
Harriet Ann Jacobs escaped slavery and went on to write Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, one of the most influential slave narratives of all time. Born in North Carolina in 1813, Harriet Ann Jacobs escaped slavery and moved to New York where she wrote the powerful autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. The powerful and comprehensive slave narrative became one of the most influential books of the period. Revisionist author Lamont Tanksley, has used this powerful work to produce his debut fiction novel, Incidents in the Life of a Girl: The Unattainable Mulatto.

Greg Jacobs (Woodberry Forest, Virginia) is the author of"The Everything? Kids? Baseball Book", 5th and 6th Editions. He has worked as a reporter/statistician for STATS, LLC's baseball division since 1997, keeping a detailed scorecard for nearly forty games each year. Mr. Jacobs teaches at Woodberry Forrest School, where he broadcasts the school's varsity games on Internet audio.

Chattel slavery, also called traditional slavery, is so named because people are treated as the chattel (personal property) of an owner and are bought and sold as if they were commodities. It is the least prevalent form of slavery in the world today. An estimated 12 million Africans arrived in the Americas from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Of these, an estimated 645,000 were brought to what is now the United States. The usual estimate is that about 15% of slaves died during the voyage, with mortality rates considerably higher in Africa itself in the process of capturing and transporting indigenous peoples to the ships.
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