Despite being born into slavery, Linda Brent enjoys a happy childhood-until the deaths of her parents and kind mistress leave her an orphan and the property of the lascivious Dr. Flint. Linda becomes the target of his unwanted advances, which she temporarily evades by bearing the children of another man. But when Dr. Flint threatens to sell her children unless she submits, Linda hatches a desperate plan to escape, working to secure her children's freedom as well as her own.
Using the character Linda Brent to narrate her own life story, Harriet Ann Jacobs reveals the unparalleled struggles of an enslaved woman. Her harrowing account of perseverance and unimaginable bravery continues to enlighten and inspire to this day.
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Revised edition: Previously published as Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, this edition of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813-1897) was a writer and abolitionist. Born into slavery in Edenton, North Carolina, Jacobs escaped at the age of twenty-seven and eventually obtained freedom for herself and her two children, Joseph and Louisa. Written more than ten years after her escape, Jacobs's autobiographical novel, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, was one of the first books to address issues of gender in slavery. It shed much-needed light on the unique obstacles these women faced-including abusive owners, conflicts with female identity, and motherhood as a slave. Having spent much of her life fighting for freedom and advocating for gender equality, Jacobs died in Washington, DC, at the age of eighty-four.