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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl


Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet Ann Jacobs (aka Linda Brent)

1/30 | Started 11.01.21 • Finished 01.05.22 | 5 stars


A powerful and moving first hand account of one slave woman's endurance through years of slavery, then hiding, then seeking freedom. A must read.


"The bill of sale!" Those words struck me like a blow. So I was sold at last! A human being sold in the free city of New York! The bill of sale is on record, and future generations will learn from it that women were articles of traffic in New York, late in the nineteenth century of the Christian religion. It may hereafter prove a useful document to antiquaries, who are seeking to measure the progress of civilization in the United States. I well know the value of that bit of paper; but much as I love freedom, I do not like to look upon it. I am deeply grateful to the generous friend who procured it, but I despise the miscreant who demanded payment for what never rightfully belonged to him or his.
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