By Harriet Jacobs, Nell Irvin Painter
A haunting, evocative recounting of her lifestyles as a slave in North Carolina, and her ultimate break out and emancipation, Jacobs' narrative, written among 1853 and 1858 and released in 1861, is among the most crucial books ever written documenting the traumas and horrors of slavery within the antebellum South.
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Could you have seen that mother clinging to her child, when they fastened the irons upon his wrists; could you have heard her heart-rending groans, and seen her bloodshot eyes wander wildly from face to face, vainly pleading for mercy; could you have witnessed that scene as 1 saw it, you would exclaim, Slavery is damnable! Benjamin, her youngest, her pet, was forever gone! She could not realize it. She had had an interview with the trader for the purpose of ascertaining if Benjarnin could be purchased.
And Sharon Zuber. " In Listening to Silences: New Essays in Feminist Criticism. Edited by Elaine Hedges and SheIley Fisher Fishkin. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. Carby, Hazel. Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the AjroAmerican Novelist. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987. Doriani, Beth Maclay. " American Quarterly 43, no. 2 (June 1991). Fleischner, Jennifer. Mastering Slavery: Memory, Family, and Identity in Women's Slave Narratives. New York: New York University Press, 1996.