Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

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The most famous autobiography written by a nineteenth-century African American woman, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is a triumph of American literature and the unflinching narrative that broke the silence on the psychosexual exploitation of African-American women.

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“I was born a slave; but I never knew it till six years of happy childhood had passed away.”

In clear and unshrinking prose, Harriet Jacobs—writing under the pseudonym of “Linda Brent”—relates the story of her girlhood and adolescence as a slave in North Carolina and her eventual escape: a bildungsroman set in the complex terrain of a chauvinist, white-supremacist society. Resolutely addressing women readers, rather than men, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl sought to make white women understand the ways that the threat of sexual violence shaped the lives of enslaved black women and children.

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs