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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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ISBN-10: 0679783288

ISBN-13: 9780679783282

Edition: 2000 (Annual)

Authors: Frederick Douglass, Harriet A. Jacobs, Kwame Anthony Appiah

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This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition combines the two most important African American slave narratives into one volume. Frederick Douglass's Narrative, first published in 1845, is an enlightening and incendiary text. Born into slavery, Douglass became the preeminent spokesman for his people during his life; his narrative is an unparalleled account of the dehumanizing effects of slavery and Douglass's own triumph over it. Like Douglass, Harriet Jacobs was born into slavery, and in 1861 she published Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, now recognized as the most comprehensive antebellum slave narrative written by a woman. Jacobs's account broke the silence on the exploitation of…    
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/10/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Born into slavery in North Carolina, Jacobs's early life was one of abuse and hardship. At the age of 21, she was sent to work on a plantation as penalty for having rejected the sexual advances of her white owner, whereupon she determined to free herself and her children at whatever cost. In 1842 Jacobs escaped to the North and was placed in the home of the popular New York writer, N. P. Willis. Several years later she moved to Rochester, New York, where she became active in a group of antislavery feminists. It was at their urging that she first came to think of writing her autobiography, since slave narratives were found to be an effective means of turning northern sentiment against the…