Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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  • Edition: Large
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-11-30
  • Publisher: Belknap Pr

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This enlarged edition of the most significant and celebrated slave narrative completes the Jacobs family saga, surely one of the most memorable in all of American history. John Jacobsrs"s short slave narrative, A True Tale of Slavery, published in London in 1861, adds a brotherrs"s perspective to Harriet Jacobsrs"s autobiography. It is an exciting addition to this now classic work, as John Jacobs presents further historical information about family life so well described already by his sister. Once more, Jean Yellin, who discovered this long-lost document, supplies annotation and authentication. This is the standard edition of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, reissued here in the John Harvard Library and updated with a new bibliography.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xv
Introductionp. xix
Note on the Textp. lv
Chronologyp. lvii
Cast of Charactersp. lxii
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Preface by the Authorp. 1
Introduction by the Editorp. 3
Childhoodp. 5
The New Master and Mistressp. 10
The Slaves' New Year's Dayp. 17
The Slave Who Dared to Feel like a Manp. 20
The Trials of Girlhoodp. 33
The Jealous Mistressp. 38
The Loverp. 46
What Slaves Are Taught to Think of the Northp. 54
Sketches of Neighboring Slaveholdersp. 58
A Perilous Passage in the Slave Girl's Lifep. 68
The New Tie to Lifep. 75
Fear of Insurrectionp. 81
The Church and Slaveryp. 88
Another Link to Lifep. 98
Continued Persecutionsp. 103
Scenes at the Plantationp. 111
The Flightp. 122
Months of Perilp. 126
The Children Soldp. 135
New Perilsp. 141
The Loophole of Retreatp. 146
Christmas Festivitiesp. 151
Still in Prisonp. 154
The Candidate for Congressp. 159
Competition in Cunningp. 163
Important Era in My Brother's Lifep. 169
New Destination for the Childrenp. 175
Aunt Nancyp. 183
Preparations for Escapep. 189
Northward Boundp. 200
Incidents in Philadelphiap. 204
The Meeting of Mother and Daughterp. 210
A Home Foundp. 215
The Old Enemy Againp. 219
Prejudice against Colorp. 224
The Hairbreadth Escapep. 228
A Visit to Englandp. 234
Renewed Invitations to Go Southp. 238
The Confessionp. 241
The Fugitive Slave Lawp. 244
Free at Lastp. 251
Appendixp. 261
A True Tale of Slavery
Some Account of My Early Lifep. 265
A Further Account of My Familyp. 267
My Uncle's Troublesp. 271
My New Master's Plantationp. 275
My Master Goes to Washingtonp. 27S
Sensations of Freedomp. 282
Cruel Treatment of Slavesp. 286
Illustrationsp. 293
Abbreviationsp. 309
Correspondencep. 311
Notesp. 343
Selected Bibliographyp. 405
Acknowledgmentsp. 413
Indexp. 417
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