Harriet Jacobs and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: by Deborah M. Garfield, Rafia Zafar

By Deborah M. Garfield, Rafia Zafar

Harriet Jacobs, at the present time might be the one such a lot learn and studied Black American girl of the 19th century, has now not till lately loved sustained, scholarly research. This anthology offers a far-ranging compendium of literary and cultural scholarship that would take its position because the fundamental source for college kids and lecturers of Incidents within the lifetime of a Slave lady. The participants contain either demonstrated Jacobs students and rising critics; the essays tackle a number of topics in Incidents, treating illustration, gender, resistance, and spirituality from differing angles.

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See Jacobs's letter to Post, dated 1852, in Incidents, 232. 12. August Meier and Elliot Rudwick, "The Role of Blacks in the Abolitionist Movement," in Blacks in the Abolitionist Movement, ed. John H. , et al. , 1971), 115. It is worth noting that the recruitment of blacks as lecturers coincides with the American Anti-Slavery Society's loss of financial support from two of its principal backers, Lewis and Arthur Tappan. These New York merchants suffered monetary setbacks in the Panic of 1837, and the brothers' weakened financial status reduced the organization's ability to continue its pamphlet campaign and to maintain its bureau of white speakers.

If John Jacobs could not and did not read these messages, however, then we cannot readily assume that the exchange between Flint and Linda Brent occurred. At this point, JohnJacobs's metaphoric mirror cracks; the idea of one narrative servicing the other as a template does not work, because there are one too many narrative forms to deal with as the model base. As with their respective versions of their grandmother's sale, we cannot determine what is "true" in this instance because the "reality" of it is concealed by written script.

Worcester, MA: American Antiquarian Society, 1982), 278-99. 21. ] in Incidents, 232. 22. To be sure, writing entailed its own risks and Jacobs was well aware of them, too. Setting forth the "cruel wrongs" done to her via print unnerved her no less than doing so in a public lecture; Jacobs understandably preferred to "whisper . . " See Jacobs's letter to Amy Post, dated June 21, [1857] in Incidents, 242. Writing also set her in competition with other antislavery authors, most notably Harriet Beecher Stowe.

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