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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself (Bedford Series in History & Culture)

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Much of what is known about the experience of slavery comes from first-person accounts written by formerly enslaved men. In this volume, Jennifer Fleischner examines the first- and best-known female account of life under, and escape from, slavery — Harriet Jacobs autobiography. In her introduction, Fleischner shows how Jacobs used the written word to liberate herself and promote the end of slavery by carefully discussing her sexual exploitation as a slave in ways that would inspire sympathy in — and not offend — her Victorian white, middle-class, female audience. The rich collection of related documents that accompany Jacobs complete narrative — including a selection of Jacobs letters and her brothers account of some of the same incidents Jacobs describes — illuminate Jacobs life, her thoughts about writing, and her relationships with white women abolitionists. Document headnotes, a chronology, questions for consideration, a selected bibliography, and a chart of the pseudonyms Jacobs used for her real-life characters further enrich this important contribution to the history of slavery in America.

About the Author

Jennifer Fleischner (Ph.D., Columbia) is a professor of English at Adelphi University. She is the author of Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly: The Remarkable Story of the Friendship Between a First Lady and a Former Slave (2004) and Mastering Slavery: Memory, Family, and Identity in Women's Slave Narratives (1996), as well as the historical novel Nobodys Boy (2006). With Susan Weisser she is also the co-editor of Feminist Nightmares: Women at Odds: Feminism and the Problem of Sisterhood (1994).

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

          

PART ONE.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312442668
Subtitle:
With Related Documents
Author:
Jacobs, Harriet
Editor:
Fleischner, Jennifer
Author:
Fleischner, Jennifer
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Slaves -- United States.
Subject:
Slavery -- United States.
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Bedford Cultural Editions Series
Publication Date:
20090727
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.45 x 0.4 in

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