Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, written by Harriet Jacobs (1813-1897) using the pseudonym (___________________) Linda Brent, is the most widely read female slave narrative in American history.
In her account Jacobs details the sexual harassment and abuse she suffered as a female slave in Edenton, NC and her eventual ____________________.
Ultimately her story is one of ___________________ and spirit.
The real names of the people described in Incidents in theLife of a Slave Girl were changed:
_________________________—Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813-1897), born a slave in Edenton, NC, she eventually escaped to the North and gained her freedom. She wrote her autobiography using the pseudonym of Linda Brent in 1861; later she worked as a reformer and activist.
Aunt Martha—________________________________, Harriet’s grandmother, made a living selling baked goods to black and white townspeople. She purchased the freedom of her son Phillip and eventually became free at the age of 50 due to the kindness of an elderly white woman.
________________________—Samuel Treadwell Sawyer was a white, unmarried lawyer and the father of Harriet’s two children. He was later elected to the United States House of Representatives.
Dr. Flint—__________________________________ was Harriet’s slave master. She entered his household when Harriet was willed to his step-daughter. According to Harriet he owned a residence in town, in addition to several farms, and about 50 slaves. He pursued Harriet, after she escaped, until his death.
_________________________—Mary Matilda Horniblow Norcom and wife of Dr. James Norcom, was unable to control her husband. Humiliated by his advances towards Harriet, she directed abuse at Harriet.
Young Mr. Flint—__________________________________.
___________________________, later Mrs. Dodge—Dr. Norcom’s daughter Mary Matilda Norcom, later Mrs. Daniel Messmore, traveled to New York with her husband, Messmore, to seize Harriet and her daughter, after her father’s death.