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

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THIS EDITION HAS BEEN REPLACED BY A NEWER EDITION.

This enlarged edition of the most significant and celebrated slave narrative now completes the Jacobs family saga, surely one of the most memorable in all of American history. John Jacobs's short slave narrative, A True Tale of Slavery, published in London in 1861, adds a brother's perspective to Harriet Jacobs's own autobiography. It is an exciting addition to this now classic work, as John Jacobs presents additional historical information about family life so well described already by his sister. Importantly, it presents the people, places, and events Harriet Jacobs wrote about from the different perspective of a male narrator. Once more, Jean Yellin, who discovered this long-lost document, supplies annotation and authentication. She has also brought her Introduction up to date.

About the Author

Jean Fagan Yellin is Distinguished Professor Emerita, Department of English, Pace University, the author of Harriet Jacobs: A Life, and the editor of The Harriet Jacobs Family Papers.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction by Jean Fagan

Cast of Characters

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Preface by the Author

Introduction by the Editor

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 XXVIII 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

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

Illustrations

Abbreviations

Chronology

Correspondence

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674002715
Subtitle:
Written by Herself, Enlarged Edition
Other:
Jacobs, Harriet A.
Introduction:
Yellin, Jean Fagan
Editor:
Child, Lydia Marie
Editor:
Child, Lydia Maria Francis
Author:
Yellin, Jean Fagan
Author:
Jacobs, John S.
Author:
Jacobs, Harriet A.
Other:
Yellin, Jean Fagan
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
Slaves
Subject:
Women slaves
Subject:
Slaves' writings, American
Subject:
Slaves -- United States.
Subject:
Women slaves -- United States.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Enlarged ed.
Edition Description:
Enlarged Edition
Series Volume:
99-4
Publication Date:
May 2000
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 halftones, 2 line illustrations
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.125 x 6 in 0.94 lb

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