This autobiographical account by a former slave is one of the few extant narratives written by a woman. Written and published in 1861, it delivers a powerful portrayal of the brutality of slave life. Jacobs speaks frankly of her master's abuse and her eventual escape, in a tale of dauntless spirit and faith.
Harriet Jacobs was born a slave in North Carolina around 1813 and became a fugitive in the 1830s. She died in 1897. This is her account of her experiences.