Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
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Annotation: An authentic historical narrative describing the horrors of slavery as experienced by black women.
Genre: [Biographies]
Catalog Number: #154175
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Pages: xxiv, 248 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-451-53146-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-49241-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-451-53146-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-49241-7
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 99031521
Dimensions: 18 cm.
Language: English
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 81,572
Reading Level: 7.1
Interest Level: 9+
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 7.1 / points: 14.0 / quiz: 179006 / grade: Upper Grades
Lexile: 740L

“One of the major autobiographies of the African-American tradition.”—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

“It has been painful to me, in many ways, to recall the dreary years I passed in bondage. I would gladly forget them if I could. Yet the retrospection is not altogether without solace; for with these gloomy recollections come tender memories of my good old grandmother, like light fleecy clouds floating over a dark and troubled sea.”

One of the most memorable slave narratives, Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl illustrates the overarching evil and pervasive depravity of the institution of slavery. In great and painful detail, Jacobs describes her life as a Southern slave, the exploitation that haunted her daily life, her abuse by her master, the involvement she sought with another white man in order to escape her master, and her determination to win freedom for herself and her children. From her seven years of hiding in a garret that was three feet high, to her harrowing escape north to a reunion with her children and freedom, Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl remains an outstanding example of one woman’s extraordinary courage in the face of almost unbeatable odds, as well as one of the most significant testimonials in American history.


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