Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
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About the Author
Harriet Jacobs (1813-1897) was an African-American abolitionist, author, and relief worker. As a runaway slave, Jacobs had spent seven years hiding in a crawlspace in North Carolina; after escaping to New York she wrote Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl(1861). The book was initially published by the white abolitionist Lydia Marie Child, and until the 1980's it had been accepted as a work of fiction. Following the publication of the book Jacobs worked as an abolitionist, a relief worker among Black Civil War refugees, and as an educator in the Post Civil-War south.