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The Harriet Jacobs Papers
Jean Yellin, Pace University College of White Plains

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The Harriet Jacobs Family Papers, Volume One and Volume Two (Book) [show prizes]
Title: The Harriet Jacobs Family Papers, Volume One and Volume Two
Author: Harriet Jacobs
Editor: Scott Korb, Associate Editor
Editor: Jean Fagan Yellin, Editor
Editor: Kate Culkin, Associate Editor
Abstract: Although millions of African American women were held in bondage over the 250 years that slavery was legal in the United States, Harriet Jacobs (1813-97) is the only one known to have left papers testifying to her life, including the autobiography Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Born in Edenton, North Carolina, Jacobs escaped from her owner in her mid-twenties and hid in the cramped attic crawlspace of her grandmother's house for seven years before making her way north as a fugitive slave. In Rochester, New York, she became an active abolitionist, working with all of the major abolitionists, feminists, and literary figures of her day, including Frederick Douglass, Lydia Maria Child, Amy Post, William Lloyd Garrison, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Fanny Fern, William C. Nell, Charlotte Forten Grimké, and Nathan Parker Willis. Jean Fagan Yellin has devoted much of her professional life to the life of Harriet Jacobs. Over three decades of research, Yellin has discovered more than 900 primary source documents, approximately 300 of which are now collected in two volumes. These letters and papers written by, for, and about Jacobs and her activist brother and daughter provide for the thousands of readers of Incidents--from scholars to schoolchildren--access to the rich historical context of Jacobs's struggles against slavery, racism, and sexism beyond what she revealed in her pseudonymous narrative.
Year: 2008
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Access Model: Book, two-volume boxed set
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Type: Scholarly Edition
ISBN: 9780807831311
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes