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She became an abolitionist speaker and reformer. After being overshadowed by the American Civil War, the book was rediscovered in the late 20th century, when there was new interest in minority and women writers. Harriet Jacobs as the author and documenting many events and people in her life that corresponded to this autobiographical account. Harriet Ann Jacobs was born into slavery in Edenton, North Carolina, in 1813.
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Her father was Elijah Knox, an enslaved biracial house carpenter owned by Andrew Knox. Three months before she died in 1825, Jacobs’ mistress Margaret Horniblow had signed a will leaving her slaves to her mother. James Norcom and a man named Henry Flury witnessed a later codicil to the will directing that the girl Harriet be left to Norcom’s daughter Mary Matilda, Horniblow’s five-year-old niece. The codicil was not signed by Margaret Horniblow. Norcom sexually harassed Harriet when she was still a child. He refused to allow her to marry, regardless of the man’s status.
Hoping to escape his attentions, Jacobs took Samuel Sawyer, a free white lawyer, as a consensual lover. By 1835 her domestic situation had become unbearable, and Jacobs managed to escape. She hid in the home of a slaveowner in Edenton to keep an eye on her children. After a short stay, she took refuge in a swamp called Cabarrus Pocosin. She next hid in a crawl space above the ceiling of her grandmother Molly’s shack. IJzeren voetring voor gevangenen transparent background. North and South America Americas indigenous U.
Jacobs lived for seven years in her grandmother’s attic before escaping in 1842 to the North by boat to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sawyer had purchased their two children from Norcom. He let them live with Jacobs’ grandmother but he did not free them. Jacobs escaped to the North in 1842, where she was taken in by anti-slavery friends from the Philadelphia Vigilant Committee. They helped her get to New York in September 1845. In 1845, Jacobs’ employer Mary Stace Willis died. Jacobs continued to care for Mary’s daughter Imogen and to assist the widower Nathaniel Willis.