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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Chapter 3

By Harriet Jacobs

Chapter 3

The Slaves’ New Year’s Day

  • New Year's Day! Brunches, champagne, and resolutions to finally lose that 10 pounds.
  • Unless you're a slave. In that case, January 1st is the day slaves are sold to new masters.
  • On one "hiring-day," Linda watched a slave mother lose all seven of her children at the auction-block.
  • In case we're not outraged enough, Linda also describes how old slaves are deemed useless since they can no longer work.
  • She knows one slave whose owners abandoned her at the auction-block when she was sick. For twenty dollars, they let anyone take her.

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