Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

By Harriet Jacobs

  • Release Date: 2012-03-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 14 Ratings
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The true story of an individual's struggle for self-identity, self-preservation, and freedom, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl remains among the few extant slave narratives written by a woman. This autobiographical account chronicles the remarkable odyssey of Harriet Jacobs (1813–1897) whose dauntless spirit and faith carried her from a life of servitude and degradation in North Carolina to liberty and reunion with her children in the North.
Written and published in 1861 after Jacobs' harrowing escape from a vile and predatory master, the memoir delivers a powerful and unflinching portrayal of the abuses and hypocrisy of the master-slave relationship. Jacobs writes frankly of the horrors she suffered as a slave, her eventual escape after several unsuccessful attempts, and her seven years in self-imposed exile, hiding in a coffin-like "garret" attached to her grandmother's porch.
A rare firsthand account of a courageous woman's determination and endurance, this inspirational story also represents a valuable historical record of the continuing battle for freedom and the preservation of family.


  • Amazing

    By Suhaybza
    Very good and educating book about the lives of our ancestors and how they fought for their God-given freedom. Harriet Jacobs is one hell of an author
  • Awesome book!

    By Pulley52
    The life of a slave girl named Linda! She was a true fighter & wonderful mother who went to the ends of the earth for her children not to be slaves. Black people have come a mighty long ways, but we still have a ways to go!

    By ACJenny123
    Loved loved LOVED this book. Couldn’t stop reading. BUY IT!
  • In Rememberance

    By Captivated!
    Reading this book took me on a journey that often felt as if I were reading a novel. As a forty-eight year old black man, my eyes welled up with tears, as I came to grips with the actual sufferings of my on Great-Grands and the very rich heritage they left me. I am grateful to be a black man who can look back and honor those who endured pure evil for those who would come long after them. I vow to honor those who never tasted freedom while living. YOU ALL ARE MY HEROS...