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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,708 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harriet Jacobs Narrator: Lisa Reneé Pitts Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Published in 1861, Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is an autobiographical account of the author’s experiences as a slave in nineteenth-century North Carolina, from her relatively happy childhood to the brutality she experienced as a teenager and young woman to her eventual escape to the North. One of the few slave narratives written by a woman, Jacobs’s work deals frankly with the horrors of slavery, shedding light on the abuses female slaves in particular often endured at the hands of their masters.

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is a gripping, unflinchingly honest account of slavery, one that stands as an important counterpoint to male slave narratives by such authors as Frederick Douglass.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joy | 2/20/2014

    " It had me viewing slavery in a whole different light. LOVED IT. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Diana | 2/13/2014

    " This book is one of those books you have to put on hold for a while..... You become really angry, as she's telling her story. And you cry a lot because you get lost in the character. I've been reading this for over a month now, I don't know if I can get to the end of it. The only way to be free back then was DEATH!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeannie | 2/13/2014

    " This woman was Superwoman and Wonderwoman all rolled up into one!! She over comes seemingly unsurmountable obstacles and shares her stories of living as a black female slave in colonial America. Alot of the incidents she described in the book are so obscene, so inhumane you almost cant believe it !! If you enjoy any of Frederick Douglas' work, you'd enjoy this read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda Horn | 2/1/2014

    " Very insightful, very truthful. Its a good read, but tragic in parts. But it is to be expected. "

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Author Harriet Jacobs

Harriet Jacobs (1813–1897) was born a slave in North Carolina and escaped to the North in 1842. Her autobiographical account of her experiences, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, was the first slave narrative written by a women. During the Civil War, she participated in relief efforts around Washington, DC, founding a school for freed slaves. After the war she remained an active advocate for equal rights for African Americans and an outspoken critic of racial violence.