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The great abolitionist speaker and author Harriet Ann Jacobs was born into slavery in 1813 in North Carolina. When her mother died, Harriet’s mistress, Margaret Horniblow, cared for her and taught her to read, write, and sew, but when Horniblow died, she suffered the misery of cruel masters. 

This autobiography was published in 1861.

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  • 05-09-20


A compelling firsthand recounting of one American's harrowing journey from captivity to freedom. An equally profound telling of one woman's love for her children and her enduring belief of her own self worth. The narration brings the story to life like none other I've ever heard before. The narrator's voice spoke so truly, so genuinely, and yet with such restraint that I often believed I was hearing Ms. Jacobs speak her own words.

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