January 18, 2010

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Exams coming up next week..........end of the winter semester. And as fate will have it, or whatever how the system works, or how I chose my lectures......I've got seven exams in one week. Ok......six. I decided to do Language I on the second go, in March. Magic number six in six days...with a pile of scripts to go through about a yard high. Where am I going with this? Some of the required reading I'd like to share (since I don't have the time to do my own content, I'd like to share someone else's......maybe someone will be inspired by her story)

Harriet Jacobs is, was, an American writer. She lived in the 19th century, 1813 to 1897. So she lived through a period of American history that was turbulent and painful for many. Harriet Ann Jacobs was a slave. She escaped, joined the abolitionist and reform movement. Her single piece of work was an autobiographical book titled "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl". Its her story. It was published 1861.

I Childhood I was born a slave; but I never knew it till six years of happy childhood had passed away. My father was a carpenter, and considered so intelligent and skillful in his trade, that, when buildings out of the common line were to be erected, he was sent for from long distances, to be head workman. On condition of paying his mistress two hundred dollars a year, and supporting himself, he was allowed to work at his trade, and manage his own affairs. His strongest wish was to purchase his children; but, though he several times offered his hard earnings for that purpose, he never succeeded.
In complexion my parents were a light shade of brownish yellow, and were termed mulattoes. They lived together in a comfortable home; and, though we were all slaves, I was so fondly shielded that I never dreamed I was a piece of merchandise, trusted to them for safe keeping, and liable to be demanded of them at any moment.

more to follow........tomorrow.

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