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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl


by Harriet Jacobs

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Resources


Written By Herself

Get your Harriet Jacobs fix with the entire text of Incidents, in your choice of plain text or page images.

Harriet’s Brother Wrote a Book, Too

John Jacobs’s narrative, The Leisure Hour.

It's Not All Beaches and Mountains

North Carolina was plenty involved in the slave trade.

Historical Documents

Now With More Lustre of Truthfulness

An early positive review of Incidents, in the black publication The Liberator: it "shine[s] by the lustre of [its] own truthfulness."

"Tricked Out in Gay and Fashionable Finery"

This is a remarkably detailed advertisement submitted by James Norcom (Dr. Flint in the novel) for the capture of Harriet Jacobs after she went into hiding.

In Case You Need to Feel Any Worse About the World

Here's an entire website with a searchable database of U.S. runaway slave ads.


But Act II Is Probably Pretty Boring

Lydia R. Diamond turned Jacobs's story into a play. Here, actors discuss.


Harriet Jacobs in Person

Turns out she's a really nice-looking lady. No wonder she had so many friends.

Will the Real Dr. Flint Please Stand Up?

On second thought, please stay dead. James Norcom, Harriet Jacobs’s slaveowner, died in 1847. He was 69 years old, and he looks as creepy as she said.

Lydia Maria Child

Child was a famous abolitionist writer. She gave her support to Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl—and most people originally thought she wrote it.

Harriet Jacobs Makes Her Mark

How ironic that Harriet Jacobs is now Edenton, NC's most famous resident.

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