Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

  • by Harriet Jacobs
  • Narrated by Audio Élan
  • 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Harriet Jacobs' autobiography, written under the pseudonym Linda Brent, details her experiences as a slave in North Carolina, her escape to freedom in the north, and her ensuing struggles to free her children. The narrative was partly serialized in the New York Tribune, but was discontinued because Jacobs' depictions of the sexual abuse of female slaves were considered too shocking. It was published in book form in 1861.

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What the Critics Say

"In such volumes as this, the true romance of American life and history is to be found. Patient suffering, heroic daring, untiring zeal, perseverance seemingly unparalleled, and growth from surroundings of degradation and ignorance to education, refinement, and power: all find in these modest pages their simple, yet affecting narrative. It is the "oft told tale" of American slavery, in another and more revolting phase than that which is generally seen. More revolting because it is of the spirit and not the flesh. In this volume, a woman tells in words of fire, yet never overstepping the bounds of the truest purity, not, how she was scourged and maimed, but that far more terrible sufferings endured by and inflicted upon woman, by a system which legalizes concubinage, and offers a premium to licentiousness. No one can read these pages without a feeling of horror, and a stronger determination arising in them to tear down the cursed system which makes such records possible. Wrath, the fiery messenger which goes flaming from the roused soul and overthrows in its divine fury the accursed tyrannies of earth; will find in these pages new fuel for the fire, and new force for the storm which shall overthrow and sweep from existence American slavery." (Weekly Anglo-African, New York, N.Y., 13 April 1861)

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tear jerking. words cannot describe

merely a century. and some ago.unbelievable to think this was how life was expectedly existed
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- Amazon Customer

An Insightful Account Of A Cruel Way Of Life.

This book was excellent and well read, I learnt lots here that I had not known.
Told in an interesting, yet informative way. If you have any interest about the lives of slaves, try it.
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- Annie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-08-2012
  • Publisher: Cherry Hill Publishing