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Critical Discussion Topics
Related to Incidents
 
 

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl also lends itself to critical discussions on a number of topics.  Several of these topics are listed below:

  • the authenticity of Jacobs as the author of Incidents
  • why Jacobs' book did not receive the literary and historical attention it deserved until the late 1900's.  Possible issues to consider:
    • (1) [literary] Jacobs was a woman and a Black woman as
           well (the sexism of the "canon").
      (2) [historical] The book was published in 1861 and so was
           not as important for abolitionists as earlier works.
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  • comparisons of Jacobs' Incidents to her brother's (John Jacobs) accounts of her life in his publication, "A True Tale of Slavery"

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