Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813-1897)

HarrietJacobs.org Biography

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself

  • I. Childhood
  • VII. The Lover
  • X. A Perilous Passage in the Slave Girl’s Life
  • XIV. Another Link to Life
  • XXI. The Loophole of Retreat
  • XLI. Free at Last

After an abortive attempt to run away, Linda hid in the garret of her grandmother’s house. She hid in the space for seven years.

The American Place Theatre – Literature to Life Stage Presentation of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs Performed by Cherita Armstrong

Harriet’s hidey hole”


Harriet Jacobs hiding play
“Nine feet long seven feet wide” attic. Play of Harriet Jacobs depicts her in hiding.

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Ad-capture of Harriet Jacobs.jpg
By State Archives of North Carolina Raleigh, NCN_87_10_3 Ad-capture of Harriet Jacobs, No restrictions, Link

Slavery in America was on a whole other level than previous cases.

slave auction noticelf

What do you notice in the image?

Thomas Jefferson: From Notes on the State of Virginia

Jefferson declared, “all men are created equal.” A visionary founding father who, despite being influenced by the racist ideologies current in his day, gave the nation’s democratic ideals their most powerful written expressions.

Jefferson wrote many times about the evils of slavery. Yet, his ideals were still founded in the racial superiority of whites over blacks. He fathered at least one child with his slave Sally Hemings.


  • Read Frederick Douglass: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself (934-1002)