Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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Author/Editor: Brent, Linda
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich/A Harvest Book
Date: 1983
Binding: Paperback
Condition: USED - Very good. An unmarked copy with tight binding and minimal shelf wear.

“$300 REWARD! Ran away from the subscriber, an intelligent, bright, mulatto girl, named Linda, 21 years of age. Five feet four inches high. Dark eyes, and black hair inclined to curl; but it can be made straight. Has a decayed spot on a front tooth. She can read and write, and in all probability will try to get to the Free States...”

So read a notice about the girl who was to write this remarkable autobiography, an authentic account of slave life in the South from the 1820s to the 1840s and one of the few narratives of its kind told by a woman. It was to escape sexual exploitation by her master, Dr. Flint, that Linda Brent ran away and hid in an attic crawl space in her grandmother’s house, hoping to make her way north. The hiding place turned out to be her home for seven years, a period of unbelievable physical hardship. She miraculously survived and finally arranged secret passage on a ship that took her to freedom. Linda Brent wrote and published her story many years later, with the help of a well-known abolitionist. All of the names in the book are fictitious, included her own, but she assures the reader that the narrative itself is true and, if anything, understated. It is a rare personal document from an infamous era in American history.