Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet A. Jacobs, Writing as Linda Brent
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... Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet A. Jacobs, Writing as Linda Brent In this book, Harriet Jacobs not only presents her autobiography as a series of 'incidents', her own personal experiences, but throughout her narrative, seeks to inform the reader of important social, legislative and historical issues which impacted upon those held in slavery in 19th century America. Born a slave in Edenton, North Carolina in 1813, she was owned by a kindly mistress and, because orphaned, raised by her maternal grandmother, Molly Horniblow, a free woman, who is the Aunt Martha of her book She learned to read, write and sew, was a bright girl and hoped her mistress would free her. When that...