9780451527523

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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  • ISBN13:

    9780451527523

  • ISBN10:

    0451527526

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-01-01
  • Publisher: Signet Classics
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Summary

This autobiographical account by a former slave is one of the few extant narratives written by a woman. Written and published in 1861, it delivers a powerful portrayal of the brutality of slave life. Jacobs speaks frankly of her master's abuse and her eventual escape, in a tale of dauntless spirit and faith.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Preface by the Author
Introduction by the Editor
Childhood
The New Master and Mistress
The Slaves' New Year's Day
The Slave Who Dared to Feel Like a Man
The Trials of Girlhood
The Jealous Mistress
The Lover
What Slaves Are Taught to Think of the North
Sketches of Neighboring Slaveholders
A Perilous Passage in the Slave Girl's Life
The New Tie to Life
Fear of Insurrection
The Church and Slavery
Another Link to Life
Continued Persecutions
Scenes at the Plantation
The Flight
Months of Peril
The Children Sold
New Perils
The Loophole of Retreat
Christmas Festivities
Still in Prison
The Candidate for Congress
Competition in Cunning
Important Era in My Brother's Life
New Destination for the Children
Aunt Nancy
Preparations for Escape
Northward Bound
Incidents in Philadelphia
The Meeting of Mother and Daughter
A Home Found
The Old Enemy Again
Prejudice Against Color
The Hairbreadth Escape
A Visit to England
Renewed Invitations to Go South
The Confession
The Fugitive Slave Law
Free at Last
A True Tale of Slavery
Some Account of My Early Life
A Further Account of My Family, and of My New Master
My Uncle's Troubles - My Further Experience of the Doctor, and Our Parting
My New Master's Plantation - My Medical Practice Among the Slaves - My Sister's Hiding-Place
My Master Goes to Washington as Member of Congress - He Is Engaged to Be Married - Wedding Trip to Chicago - Canada - New York - My Escape from Slavery
Sensations of Freedom - Self-Education - A Whaling Voyage - I Meet My Sister, and Hear from Her About My Friends at Edenton - The Fugitive Slave Bill
Cruel Treatment of Slaves - The Fugitive Slave Law - Slavery Opposed to Natural Rights and to Christianity
Explanatory Notes
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