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No pen can give an adequate description of the all-pervading corruption produced by slavery.
There is a great difference between Christianity and religion at the south. If a man goes to the communion table, and pays money into the treasury of the church, no matter if it be the price of blood, he is called religious.
The war of my life had begun; and though one of God's most powerless creatures, I resolved never to be conquered.
For years, my master had done his utmost to pollute my mind with foul images, and to destroy the pure principles inculcated by my grandmother, and the good mistress of my childhood
Dr. Flint had sworn that he would make me suffer, to my last day, for this new crime against him, as he called it; and as long as he had me in his power he kept his word
Notwithstanding my grandmother's long and faithful service to her owners, not one of her children escaped the auction block. These God-breathing machines are no more, in the sight of their masters, than the cotton they plant, or the horses they tend.
When I was nearly twelve years old, my kind mistress sickened and died.
Southern women often marry a man knowing that he is the father of many little slaves. They do not trouble themselves about it.
Friend! It is a common word, often lightly used. Like other good and beautiful things, it may be tarnished by careless handling.
Always it gave me a pang that my children had no lawful claim to a name.
If a slave is unwilling to go with his new master, he is whipped, or locked up in jail, until he consents to go, and promises not to run away during the year.
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February 11, 1813
March 7, 1897
Harriet Ann Jacobs was an African-American writer who escaped from slavery and was later freed. She became an abolitionist speaker and reformer.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861)
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