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"A Slave Is Tortured"
1861

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Harriet Ann Jacobs, born into slavery in North Carolina in 1813, eventually escaped to the North, where she wrote a narrative about her ordeal of slavery. The book, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself, recounts how Jacobs was hidden in the crawl space of her grandmother's house for seven years in order to escape the sexual advances of her master. In chapter nine, Jacobs describes the torture and death of a slave on a neighboring plantation, sometime in the 1820s.




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Related Entries:
"Fear of Insurrection"
Harriet Jacobs
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Margaret Washington on Harriet Jacobs





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