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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Narrated by: Mia Ellis
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
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Harriet Ann Jacob's autobiography documents her life as a slave and how she attained freedom for herself and her children. Harrowing in its descriptions of sexual abuse, Jacob's slave narrative is notable for the appeal it made to abolitionist women to open their eyes to the realities of slavery. Deemed too shocking for reading audiences at the time, the book was shelved before it was published in 1861 near the start of the Civil War.

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A must-read.

While many passages are emotional reading, this autobiography is inspirational. A strong woman in the face of impossibly inhumane circumstances, loved and lived as an example for modern Americans. May her wisdom continue to enlighten future generations to pursue equality and justice for all.

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A story that every American should hear.

This was a well-written, well-read first-person account of a harrowing journey to freedom. This isn't the most dramatic, or the worst enslaved person's narrative that you'll ever hear, but I think that's what makes it so powerful. She herself doesnt experience the level of sexual violence and extreme brutality of the 'peculiar insitution' that we associate with this type of book. She speaks plainly of the daily struggles of retaining ones humanity while enduring absolute inhumane circumstances. As a woman, as a mother as a HUMAN, her story touched my heart.

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fabulous book

A really interesting story, totally absorbing , so glad I purchased this book, would recommend

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  • 28-06-20

Captivating and Enlightening Accounts

I could have listened to this story straight through if there was opportunity. It was as if I was listening to my own great-grandmother tell me passages from her own life. If you want to study slavery at a level that no American public school will dare teach it, read this memoir. If you dare to feel the pain and trauma of another, read this memoir. It paints vivid pictures without even having tell you the actual colors: yet you see them clearly. To me, the best way to learn history is to hear it from those who experienced it. Simply put: I recommend this work.

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  • Duck
  • 02-08-20

unbelievable but true

the story reads as fiction but a little research reveals all the people and actions are true.

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  • Audrey
  • 23-06-20

very accessible and important book!

A very important book. I am so glad that I have finally read it. Seeing slavery on the inside makes our nation's history real.

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  • alicia moore
  • 18-06-19

Just Great readinh

loved it, the slave girl a great read shows intelligence of the author and strength

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  • willis mcdonald
  • 07-09-20

Great Story

This book was recommended by two other books that I’ve covered previously. It was recommended in the Harriet Tubman’s Book, another great Book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-20

Excellent history from someone who lived it!

Black lives matter!
I think everyone studied slavery in social studies or American history in school but it’s nothing like what you hear read to you about it from a slaves point of few. She shares her life with you so eloquently that she becomes somebody you adore, trust, cry with and want to help her and her family. She’s loving and timid but grows into an amazingly strong free woman. The suffering she endured is certainly more than I could ever imagine myself being able to experience let alone overcome.
The narrator changes her voice to each character using accents, pitch and tone so that you get a picture in your mind of what that person looks like, how they’re dressed, as well as what their lot in life is. Very very well done!
This would make an awesome movie miniseries.