Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is one of the most compelling accounts of slavery and one of the most unique of the one hundred or so slave narratives -- mostly written by men -- published before the Civil War. The child and grandchild of slaves -- and therefore forbidden by law to read and write -- Harriet Jacobs was defiant in her efforts to gain freedom and to document her experience in bondage. She suffered physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her master at the age of eleven. In 1842, she fled North and joined a circle of abolitionists that worked for Frederick Douglass's newspaper. In 1863, she and her daughter moved to Alexandria, Virginia, where they organized medical care for Civil War victims and established the Jacobs Free School.
Table of Contents. CHAPTER Iand Mistress. CHAPTER III: The Slaves' New Year's Day. CHAPTER IV: The Slave Who Dared to Feel Like a Man. CHAPTER V: The Trials of Girlhood. CHAPTER VI: The Jealous Mistress. CHAPTER VII: The Lover. CHAPTER VIII: What Slaves are Taught to Think of the North. CHAPTER IX: Sketches of Neighboring Slaveholders. CHAPTER X: A Perilous Passage in the Slave Girl's Life. CHAPTER XI: The New Tie to Life. CHAPTER XII: Fear of Insurrection. CHAPTER XIII: The Church and Slavery. CHAPTER XIV: Another Link to Life. CHAPTER XV: Continued Persecutions. CHAPTER XVI: Scenes at the Plantation. CHAPTER XVII: The Flight. CHAPTER XVIII: Months of Peril. CHAPTER XVIX: The Children Sold. CHAPTER XX: New Perils. CHAPTER XXI: The Loophole of Retreat. CHAPTER XXII: Christmas Festivities. CHAPTER XXIII: Still in Prison. CHAPTER XXIV: The Candidate for Congress. CHAPTER XXV: Competition in Cunning. CHAPTER XXVI: Important Era in my Brother's Life. CHAPTER XXVII: New Destination for the Children. CHAPTER XXVIII: Aunt Nancy. CHAPTER XXIX: Preparations for Escape. CHAPTER XXX: Northward Bound. CHAPTER XXXI: Incidents in Philadelphia. CHAPTER XXXII: The Meeting of Mother and Daughter. CHAPTER XXXIII: A Home Found. CHAPTER XXXIV: The Old Enemy Again. CHAPTER XXXV: Prejudice Against Color. CHAPTER XXXVI: The Hairbreadth Escape. CHAPTER XXXVII: A Visit to England. CHAPTER XXXVIII: Renewed Invitations to go South. CHAPTER XXXIX: The Confession. CHAPTER XL: The Fugitive Slave Law. CHAPTER XLI: Free at Last. Appendix Epilogue