Harriet Jacobs, 1894, from Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl, edited by Jean Fagan Yellin.
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“I was born and reared in Slavery; and I remained in a Slave State twenty-seven years. Since I have been at the North, it has been necessary for me to work diligently for my own support, and the education of my children. This has not left me much leisure to make up for the loss of early opportunities to improve myself; and it has compelled me to write these pages at irregular intervals, whenever I could snatch an hour from household duties.”
Harriet Jacobs’ Preface to Incidents in the Life of Slave Girl, 1861.
Source: Yellin, Jean Fagan, ed. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1987.)
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