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When she was 15, Harriet Jacobs began working as a housekeeper and was sexually harassed by her master. As an older woman, Harriet began to have money troubles and had to close her boarding house and work as a housekeeper again.
The writings of Harriet Jacobs and how she shares her honest and intimate account of her own first-hand experience of being a black female slave have been her major contribution towards literature. Her account continues to be keenly studied by historians and literature students, especially her questionable choice to submit to sexual abuse rather than fight against it.
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Harriet Jacobs fled North and there, under the shelter of editor Nathaniel Parker Willis, accepted the encouragement to tell her story of exploitation and, by extension, the story of the exploitation of a multitude of women slaves by slave masters. Written candidly, with nothing withheld, under cover of a pseudonym, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl was privately published after being rejected by publishing houses.
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