9781319169251

Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl, Written by Herself With Related Documents

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    9781319169251

  • ISBN10:

    1319169252

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2019-10-11
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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Summary

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. An updated introduction explores Jacobs’ personal struggles with religion and violent resistance, and connects her narrative to the broader history of the anti-slavery movement in the United States. The rich collection of related documents that accompany Jacobs’ complete narrative features three new sources, including the will of Jacobs’ owner Margaret Horniblow, the abolitionist emblem, and the original title page of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Updated document head notes, chronology, questions for consideration, selected bibliography, and index provide students with a valuable framework for understanding this period in United States history. Available in print and e-book formats.

Table of Contents

Foreword 
Preface  
PART ONE. Introduction: A New Voice for Freedom 
Jacobs’s Early Life 
What Really Happened? 
Other Dominant Themes 
The Power of the Pen 
Pseudonyms of Key Figures in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself
 
PART TWO. The Document
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself, Edited by L. Maria Child 


PART THREE. Related Documents 
1. Original Title Page 
2. Will of Margaret Horniblow, April 8, 1825 
3. American Beacon, Advertisement for the Capture of Harriet Jacobs, July 4, 1835 
4. Harriet Jacobs, Letter to Amy Post, 1852? 
5. Harriet Jacobs, Letter to Amy Post, April 4, 1853 
6. Harriet Jacobs, Letter to Amy Post, March 1854 
7. Harriet Jacobs, Letter to Amy Post, June 21, 1857 
8. Lydia Maria Child, Letter to Harriet Jacobs, August 13, 1860 
9. Weekly Anglo-African, Review of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, April 13, 1861 
10. “Am I Not a Woman and a Sister?”
11. John S. Jacobs, A True Tale of Slavery, 1861 
12. Harriet Jacobs, Life Among the Contrabands, 1862 
13. Harriet Jacobs, Letter to Edna Dow Cheney, April 25, 1867 


APPENDIXES
A Harriet Jacobs Chronology (1813–1897) 
Questions for Consideration 
Selected Bibliography 
Index

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