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Harriet Jacobs ”Incidents in the Life..."

Published in 1861, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl , an autobiographical work, chronicles Jacobs’ life as a slave –detailing the abuse and sexual advances she endured — and her eventual escape. Jacobs’ only book, it is heralded as being one of the first slave narratives told from an African American woman’s perspective.

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