What is the significance of Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl?

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl was significant because it allowed its readers to experience the trials and travails of a female slave in America during a 20 + year period. The reader sees Harriet Jacob experience childhood in slavery, as well as in young adulthood and maturity. They see how Ms. Jacobs is constantly at the mercy of the sexual predations of her master and other men in her life. They also witness her anguish at seeing her own children enslaved.

The significance of Harriet Jacobs’ memoir of her 27 years as a slave, written under her pen-name Linda Brent, is self-evident.  Given how few slaves were taught to read and write, and how few had the capacity to actually record their experiences, Jacobs’ story is a historical treasure.  Incidences in the Life of a Slave Girl is a first-person narrative of what it was actually like to be a slave in America before the Civil War ended that practice permanently (at least in the United States).  Jacobs, in fact, in the preface...

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