The power of harriet jacobs' incidents in the life of a slave girl harriet jacobs, in the preface to her book, wrote: i do earnestly desire to arouse the women of the north to a realizing sense of the condition of two millions of women at the south, still in bondage, suffering what i suffered, and most of them far worse. Incidents in the life of a slave girl incidents in the life of a slave girl by harriet jacobs explains and gives a different angle to slavery, and shows how the author struggled to free herself and her children. The slave narrative tradition in african american literature although generally ignored by critics, who often dismissed jacobs' incidents in the life of a slave girl, unlike conventional slave narratives, incidents does not acknowledge harriet jacobs as its author instead, the narrative was published under the pseudonym linda brent.
Harriet jacobs' (1813-1897) incidents in the life of a slave girl is one of the few accounts of southern slavery written by a woman the book was published in 1861 through the efforts of maria child, an abolitionist who edited the book and wrote an introduction to it. Jacobs began composing incidents in the life of a slave girl after her escape to new york, while living and working at idlewild, the hudson river home of writer and publisher nathaniel parker willis portions of her journals were published in serial form in the new-york tribune , owned and edited by horace greeley. Incidents in the life of a slave girl is a slave narrative that was published in 1861 by harriet ann jacobs, using the pen name linda brent the book is an in-depth chronological account of jacobs's life as a slave, and the decisions and choices she made to gain freedom for herself and her children. A recounting of her life as a slave in north carolina and of her final escape and emancipation, harriet jacobs's narrative, written between 1853 and 1858 and published pseudonymously in 1861, tells firsthand of the horrors inflicted on slaves.
Not only one of the last of over one hundred slave narratives published separately before the civil war, incidents in the life of a slave girl (1861) is also one of the few existing narratives written by a woman it offers a unique perspective on the complex plight of the black woman as slave and as writer in a story that merges the conventions of the slave narrative with the techniques of.
In 1861, the year the civil war began, jacobs published incidents in the life of a slave girl, written by herself, under the pseudonym linda brent during the 1850s, when jacobs was writing her book, slavery was a highly explosive issue in the rapidly expanding united states.
Harriet ann jacobs was born at edenton, north carolina, in 1813 to delilah, the daughter of molly horniblow (aunt martha), the slave of margaret horniblow, and to daniel jacobs, a carpenter, the slave of dr andrew knox. Harriet jacobs (1813 - 1897) was an african-american writer who escaped from slavery and was later freed eventually, she became an abolitionist speaker and reformer jacobs wrote an autobiographical novel in 1861 under the pseudonym linda brent. In contrast, jacobs' narrative focuses on incidents in her life moreover, instead of following a strictly chronological pattern, jacobs often interrupts her narrative to address social or political issues such as the church and slavery or the impact of the fugitive slave law on runaways.
Incidents in the life of a slave girl is the first full-length narrative written by a former woman slave in america the text is that of the 1861 first edition contexts includes contemporary responses to incidents , selections from jacobs's other published writings, and extracts from her correspondence. Harriet ann jacobs (february 11, 1813 – march 7, 1897) was an african-american writer who escaped from slavery and was later freed she became an abolitionist speaker and reformer jacobs wrote an autobiography, incidents in the life of a slave girl, first serialized in a newspaper and published as a book in 1861 under the pseudonym linda brent.