Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself – Harriet Ann Jacobs

This is an honest and eye-opening account of the reality of slavery in the Southern states of America during the close of the nineteenth century. Although Miss Jacobs avoids adding detail that would be inapproriate and upsetting to her nineteenth century audience, it remains hard-hitting in the brutality of behaviour shown by those people who considered themselves superior to the people they were oppressing, neglecting even to recognise them as human beings. It’s an absolutely must-read book, helps to prevent you taking your own blessings for granted.

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