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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.

Jacobs, Harriet A. (Harriet Ann), 1813-1897 (Author). Painter, Nell Irvin. (Added Author). Jacobs, John S., 1815-1875 True tale of slavery. (Added Author).

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Pocono Mountain Public Library B Jacobs CL (Text) 35540000012937 PMPL 2nd Floor Biography Available -

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  • ISBN: 0140437959
  • ISBN: 9780140437959
  • Physical Description: xxxvi, 277 pages ; 20 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2000.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-277).
Formatted Contents Note:
I. Childhood -- II. The New Master and Mistress -- III. The Slaves' New Year's Day -- IV. The Slave Who Dared to Feel like a Man -- V. The Trials of Girlhood -- VI. The Jealous Mistress -- VII. The Lover -- VIII. What Slaves Are Taught to Think of the North -- IX. Sketches of Neighboring Slaveholders -- X.A Perilous Passage in the Slave Girl's Life -- XI. The New Tie to Life -- XII. Fear of Insurrection -- XIII. The Church and Slavery -- XIV. Another Link to Life -- XV. Continued Persecutions -- XVI. Scenes at the Plantation -- XVII. The Flight -- XVIII. Months of Peril -- XIX. The Children Sold -- XX. New Perils -- XXI. The Loophole of Retreat -- XXII. Christmas Festivities -- XXIII. Still in Prison -- XXIV. The Candidate for Congress -- XXV. Competition in Cunning -- XXVI. Important Era in My Brother's Life -- XXVII. New Destination for the Children -- XVIII Aunt Nancy -- XXIX. Preparations for Escape -- XXX. Northward Bound -- XXXI. Incidents in Philadelphia -- XXXII. The Meeting of Mother and Daughter -- XXXIII. A Home Found -- XXXIV. The Old Enemy Again -- XXXV. Prejudice against Color -- XXXVI. The Hairbreadth Escape -- XXXVII. A Visit to England -- XXXVIII. Renewed Invitations to Go South -- XXXIX. The Confession -- XL. The Fugitive Slave Law -- XLI. Free at Last --- Appendix --- A TRUE TALE OF SLAVER. I. Some Account of My Early Die -- II. A Further Account of My Family -- III. My Uncle's Troubles -- IV. My New Master's Plantation -- V. My Master Goes to Washington -- VI. Sensations of Freedom -- VII. Cruel Treatment of Slaves.
Summary, etc.:
"A haunting, evocative recounting of her life as a slave in North Carolina, and of her final escape and emancipation, Jacobs' classic narrative, written between 1853 and 1858 and published 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 times, presenting a thoroughly feminist narrative that portrays the evils and traumas of slavery, particularly for women and children. Now with an introduction by renowned historian Nell Irvin Painter, this edition also includes A True Tale of Slavery, the brief memoir of Harriet Jacobs' brother, John S. Jacobs, originally published in a London periodical in 1861"--Book cover.
Subject: Jacobs, Harriet A. (Harriet Ann), 1813-1897.
Jacobs, John S., 1815-1875.
Slaves > United States > Biography.
Women slaves > United States > Biography.
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