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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Seven Years Concealed

By Jacobs, Harriet

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Title: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Seven Years Concealed  
Author: Jacobs, Harriet
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collection: Blackmask Online Collection
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Historic
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Publisher: Blackmask Online

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Excerpt: I. CHILDHOOD. I WAS born a slave; but I never knew it till six years of happy childhood had passed away. My father was a carpenter, and considered so intelligent and skilful in his trade, that, when buildings out of the common line were to be erected, he was sent for from long distances, to be head workman. On condition of paying his mistress two hundred dollars a year, and supporting himself, he was allowed to work at his trade, and manage his own affairs. His strongest wish was to purchase his children; but, though he several times offered his hard earnings for that purpose, he never succeeded. In complexion my parents were a light shade of brownish yellow, and were termed mulattoes. They lived together in a comfortable home; and, though we were all slaves, I was so fondly shielded that I never dreamed I was a piece of merchandise, trusted to them for safe keeping, and liable to be demanded of them at any moment. I had one brother, William, who was two years younger than myself ? a bright, affectionate child. I had also a great treasure in my maternal grandmother, who was a remarkable woman in many respects. She was the daughter of a planter in South Carolina, who, at his death, left her mother and his three children free, with money to go to St. Augustine, where they had relatives. It was during the Revolutionary War; and they were captured on their passage, carried back, and sold to different purchasers. Such was the story my grandmother used to tell me; but I do not remember all the particulars. She was a little girl when she was captured and sold to the keeper of a large hotel. I have often heard her tell how hard she fared during childhood. But as she grew older she evinced so much intelligence, and was so faithful, that her master and mistress could not help seeing it was for their interest to take care of such a valuable piece of property. She became an indispensable personage in the household, officiating in all capacities, from cook and wet nurse to seamstress. She was much praised for her cooking; and her nice crackers became so famous in the neighborhood that many people were desirous of obtaining them.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl, Seven Years Concealed, 1 -- Harriet Jacobs, 1 -- I. CHILDHOOD, 2 -- II. THE NEW MASTER AND MISTRESS, 3 -- III. THE SLAVES' NEW YEAR'S DAY, 6 -- IV. THE SLAVE WHO DARED TO FEEL LIKE A MAN, 7 -- V. THE TRIALS OF GIRLHOOD, 13 -- VI. THE JEALOUS MISTRESS, 15 -- VII. THE LOVER, 18 -- VIII. WHAT SLAVES ARE TAUGHT TO THINK OF THE NORTH, 22 -- IX. SKETCHES OF NEIGHBORING SLAVEHOLDERS, 23 -- X. A PERILOUS PASSAGE IN THE SLAVE GIRL'S LIFE, 27 -- XI. THE NEW TIE TO LIFE, 30 -- XII. FEAR OF INSURRECTION, 32 -- XIII. THE CHURCH AND SLAVERY, 35 -- XIV. ANOTHER LINK TO LIFE, 39 -- XV. CONTINUED PERSECUTIONS, 41 -- XVI. SCENES AT THE PLANTATION, 44 -- XVII. THE FLIGHT, 49 -- XVIII. MONTHS OF PERIL, 50 -- XIX. THE CHILDREN SOLD, 54 -- XX. NEW PERILS, 56 -- XXI. THE LOOPHOLE OF RETREAT, 58 -- XXII. CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES, 60 -- XXIII. STILL IN PRISON, 61 -- XXIV. THE CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS, 63 -- XXV. COMPETITION IN CUNNING, 65 -- XXVI. IMPORTANT ERA IN MY BROTHERS'S LIFE, 67 -- XXVII. NEW DESTINATION FOR THE CHILDREN, 69 -- XXVIII. AUNT NANCY, 73 -- XXIX. PREPARATIONS FOR ESCAPE, 75 -- XXX. NORTHWARD BOUND, 79 -- XXXI. INCIDENTS IN PHILADELPHIA, 81 -- XXXII. THE MEETING OF MOTHER AND DAUGHTER, 84 -- XXXIII. A HOME FOUND, 85 -- XXXIV. THE OLD ENEMY AGAIN, 87 -- XXXV. PREJUDICE AGAINST COLOR, 88 -- XXXVI. THE HAIRBREADTH ESCAPE, 90 -- XXXVII. A VISIT TO ENGLAND, 92 -- XXXVIII. RENEWED INVITATIONS TO GO SOUTH, 93 -- XXXIX. THE CONFESSION, 94 -- XL. THE FUGITIVE SLAVE LAW, 95 -- XLI. FREE AT LAST, 98 -- APPENDIX, 102

 

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