August 2011

Harriet Jacobs' "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl"

Harriet Jacobs was one of the first former slave women to write an autobiography of her own life. Jacobs started writing her book, called Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, when she was still enslaved. Portions of the book were included in the New York Tribune, but the serial was stopped before the too-controversial for newspaper accounts of sexual abuse were printed.