• Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

  • By: Harriet Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Margaret Melosh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" was one of the first books to address the struggle for freedom by female slaves; explore their struggles with sexual harassment and abuse; and their effort to protect their roles as women and mothers. These memoirs tell the atrocious but true story of slavery in the United States until the Civil War. It is the personal history of Harriet Jacobs and her enslavement and following escape to the North, after spending seven years concealed in a crawlspace.

The stunned listener also gets to know of the abuse of the other slaves. We hear how slavery as practiced by the South was degrading to both blacks and whites. It shows the hypocrisy of many white Christians, who could sleep with their female slaves one day, and still see themselves as good Christians the next...

Public Domain (P)2019 Musaicum Books

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hated the voice but the story was enlightening.

The voice sounds like a white man trying to sound like a woman. It was distracting. I would have gone with something different.
The story was enlightening. I love that it was a first-hand account of the experiences of a woman, throughout her life, oppressed by the evils of white America. Her stories, like all the stories of slavery, shine a light on the evils and racism that are still very much alive and thriving in America today. It's these stories that are taught in "Critical Race Theory". Why would anyone fight against sharing such experiences?

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The only thing that pissed me off is this was read by a transgender man ... they always have to take black issues and insert the gay agenda so covertly and subtly.

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I am glad that Harriet was able to write her story, and the small and snippets of other slaves.

i wasnt a fan of the sluggish tone of the narrator

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Review by Nicole

"Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" by Harriet Jacobs. What an honor and privilege that Ms. Harriet allowed us into her world as a Slave Girl. Her story is a remarkable one of bravery, courage, hope, love and faith against the brutal system of slavery in America. Ms. Harriet takes us into her world where the power of hope overcame despair and the power of light and love prevailed over darkness. Most of the time when we read about slavery, there is so much sadness and human depravity. In Harriet’s story, we see on display the strength of the human spirit that the Creator has placed in us. Ms. Harriet's story leaves readers with joy and a sense of triumph. Yet, her story does not hide the cruelty of slavery. Ms. Harriet gives us a perspective on how many slave owners and citizens in the South justified their cruel acts toward Blacks. Her story also shows how much of the ill-treatment toward Blacks bled over into the northern free states as well. The narrative also shows that there were some white people who understood that slavery was wrong and did their part to help ease the pain of their black brothers. Ms. Harriet’s story brought an indictment against slavery in the era in which she lived. I believe that it was providence that allowed Ms. Harriet to share her story with us.

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Incredible Story

Only her eloquence made it possible for me to tolerate listening to the the many painful descriptions. Not only the physical tortures, but the malevolent emotional conundrums slaves had forced upon them by those in power.
A truly sad but remarkable story of survival and eventual triumph.