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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself Paperback – April 24, 2013
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It's obvious that Harriet Jacobs did a very brave thing for her time and did a major favor for us here in the future: She not only told her story (like other former slaves) in order to put an end to the sin of slavery, but she gave detail to the suffering and humiliation slaves had to face every single day of their lives. She added another angle with her account of the sexual harassment she had to face from Dr. Norcum almost daily, and she wrote about other female slaves who had to endure his advances - and then be sold away when they bore his children.
It wasn't bad enough for female slaves to be subjected to sexual advances at such a young age by their masters/owners, but adding insult to injury was that they had to deal with the jealousy of their mistress (as if it was their fault their husbands were pigs). And, to add further stress, was the constant threat that their children (whether legitimate or illegitimate) could be sold at any time.
This whole book was an eye-opener for me, but one of the many parts that I found fascinating was when Harriet came to Philadelphia and heard church bells the first time here.Read more ›
This book should be required reading for high school aged children. It would help a young mind and heart to personalize this atrocity that happened in our American history. Unlike the historical accounts of slavery, this book indicates that there were, in fact, some good and bad hearts on both sides of slavery and good white souls who harbored escaped slaves and treated their own slaves with loving kindness and even freed them. This book also communicates, on a personal level, how laws that we have as common everyday laws, were not applicable to slaves - slaves were not allowed to "own" much, were always subservient to the master even with the mistress gave different orders, were treated worse than animals, were not allowed to congregate for church unless certain people were present, had to have meals rationed each week... basically they had an entirely different set of rules to live by. These are not things easily understood when reading in a textbook.
If you haven't read this book, you should. It will humble you in ways unexplainable.
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Terrifyingly real and difficult to read, especially after seeing Twelve Years a Slave.Published 22 months ago by G. Carter
Very informative. We are fortunate to have this perspective.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
This account of the life of a slave girl was honest and in formative so i gave it a 4 star rating and i would reccommend this book to everyone.Published on May 31, 2014 by Frances Crable
This beautifully written account of life as a slave totally changed my shallow thinking about the hardships endured by American slaves. Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by melody0828
Rarely do I not complete a book. In fact this is only the second time it has happened in my 48 years of living and reading. This book is not believable at all. Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Y. R. Warren-Myers
The book was emotionally draining and a tough read. But it should be read by everyone living in America, not just students.Published on February 15, 2013 by Dyon J. Foster
Great great great book written by a slave in early history. I will say every one should read it so they can feel what in early history slaves felt.Published on October 1, 2012 by nick