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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself

Harriet Jacobs (1813-1897)

1. 00 – Introduction
2. 01 – Childhood
3. 02 – The New Master and Mistress
4. 03 – The Slaves’ New Year’s Day
5. 04 – The Slave Who Dared to Feel Like a Man
6. 05 – The Trials of Girlhood
7. 06 – The Jealous Mistress
8. 07 – The Lover
9. 08 – What Slaves Are Taught to Think of the North
10. 09 – Sketches of Neighboring Slaveholders
11. 10 – A Perilous Passage in the Slave Girl’s Life
12. 11 – A New Tie to Life
13. 12 – Fear of Insurrection
14. 13 – The Church and Slavery
15. 14 – Another Link to Life
16. 15 – Continued Persecutions
17. 16 – Scenes at the Plantation
18. 17 – The Flight
19. 18 – Months of Peril
20. 19 – The Children Sold
21. 20 – New Perils
22. 21 – The Loophole of Retreat
23. 22 – Christmas Festivities
24. 23 – Still in Prison
25. 24 – The Candidate for Congress
26. 25 – Competition in Cunning
27. 26 – Important Era in my Brother’s Life
28. 27 – New Destination for the Children
29. 28 – Aunt Nancy
30. 29 – Preparations for Escape
31. 30 – Northward Bound
32. 31 – Incidents in Philadelphia
33. 32 – The Meeting of Mother and Daughter
34. 33 – A Home Found
35. 34 – The Old Enemy Again
36. 35 – Prejudice Against Color
37. 36 – The Hairsbreadth Escape
38. 37 – A Visit to England
39. 38 – Renewed Invitations to Go South
40. 39 – The Confession
41. 40 – The Fugitive Slave Law
42. 41 – Free At Last
43. 42 – Appendix

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Born in slavery, but being fortunate enough to be owned by a benevolent mistress, her life takes a tragic turn when her parents and her benefactor die. The new heir to the property (and slaves) is a cruel and lewd man who begins to make inappropriate advances to the lovely young slave-girl. In a bid to escape, she becomes entangled in a relationship with a neighboring landowner who promises a better life, and she even has two children. However, things become worse for her when her cruel owner decides to punish her by sending her and her children to a distant cotton plantation to be “broken in.” She plans a devious method of escape and ends up spending seven terrible years locked up in a tiny cramped garret. Relentlessly pursued by her wicked owner, she lives in fear and desperation. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself is one of the many slave narratives that emerged out of the terrible and inhuman atrocities committed in the nineteenth century by white Americans. Modern-day readers would find it difficult to believe that such practices existed in the “Land of the Free.” Assisted by abominable laws like the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 endorsed by Congress, slave-owners were allowed to pursue their “property” across the length and breadth of the country. Though there have been doubts about the authenticity of Incidents in the Life... by scholars who feel the style and content do not seem to synchronize with the attributes that a woman-slave of the period could have, there is no denying the fact that this is a powerful and thought-provoking story. There are many similarities to the more famous Uncle Tom's Cabin, the book that is supposed to have launched the American Civil War. A very stirring and poignant read for all those who value their freedom today.



- Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

I enjoyed this book. Well read.


- Incidents In The life of A Slave Girl

Riveting account of a life beginning in slavery, masterfully related and earnestly read. I couldn't believe how comprehensible and relatable Harriet's story was, or how wise and circumspect the author was at a time when her country was gripped by a fog of irrationality.


- Wow

Great book and to hear this reader you would think she was telling her own story it was so well read.


- Wow

Great book and to hear this reader you would think she was telling her own story it was so well read.


- Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

So well read that I actually had to remind myself that the reader was not the author.


- Incidents in the life of a slave girl

Remarkable read, really sad account but good ending.


- Insparational

Left me wanting an ounce of Harriet’s determination and courage. To my ancestors, may your struggle never be in vain as I continue my journey.

Enda Ward

- Tncidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Brilliantly related