Harriet Jacobs: Selected Writings and Correspondence
Harriet Jacobs: Selected Writings and Correspondence (web address provided below) consists of a collection of 15 documents and a brief resource guide to books and online resources. The website was created by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition with the assistance and cooperation of Professor Yellin and the University of North Carolina Press, who will be publishing the Harriet Jacobs Papers. More information on the Frederick Douglass Book Prize is available online on the Gilder Lehrman Center Website.
Harriet Jacobs, best known as the fugitive slave author of the American slave narrative INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL, WRITTEN BY HERSELF, was also actively involved in reform movements before, during, and after the Civil War. However, until the groundbreaking work of Professor Jean Fagan Yellin, little was known about her. Winner of the 2004 Frederick Douglass Book Prize, Professor Yellin's biography HARRIET JACOBS: A LIFE recovers the experience of this once-forgotten but remarkable woman. Jean Fagan Yellinís book explores beyond Jacobsís own autobiography and traces Jacobsís flight to the North, the harassment she endured from her former owner, and her return South during the Civil War to establish a school for black refugees behind Union lines.
Thomas Thurston, Director of Education
Gilder Lehrman Center for the
Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition
Yale Center for International and Area Studies
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