About Harriet Jacobs – BOOKS

Harriet began writing Incidents in 1853. When attempts to have the book published failed,
she had it self-published in 1861. For nearly a century, the authorship of the book was
questioned, but a new edition published in 1987 by Harvard University Press established
Harriet Jacobs as the author. Since then, the book has become part of university curricula
and has been translated into several languages.

Books About Harriet Jacobs

Harriet Jacobs, A Life, by Jean Fagan Yellin (New York: Basic Books, 2004)

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself, by Harriet Jacobs and edited by Jean Fagan Yellin (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1987)

Letters from a Slave Girl, The Story of Harriet Jacobs, by Mary E. Lyons (New York: Simon Pulse, 1996)

The Harriet Jacobs Family Papers, edited by Jean Fagan Yellin (Chapel Hill, NC: UNC Press, 2008)

Books and Sources Relative to the Subject and Time Period

A History of African Americans in North Carolina, by Jeffrey J. Crow
(Raleigh: NC Division of Archives & History, 2003-06)

American Negro Slave Revolts, by Herbert Aptheker (New York: International Publishers, 1993)

An Architectural Portrait, by Thomas R. Butchko (Edenton, NC: Edenton Woman’s Club
and Chowan County Government, 1992)

Ante-Bellum North Carolina – A Social History, by Guion Griffis Johnson
(Chapel Hill: Academic Affairs Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2002)

Before Freedom Came: African-American Life in the Antebellum South,
edited by Edward D.C. Campbell, Jr. with Kym S. Rice (Richmond: The Museum of the Confederacy; Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia, 1991)

Blue Water, Gray Coast, “Freedom Began in Tidewater,” by Peter Wrike (Vol. 1, Pages 7-13)

Carolina Comments, “Emancipation in North Carolina: Research Pitfalls and Opportunities,”
by John David Smith (Vol. 42, No. 5, September 1995. Pages 135-143)

Carolina Comments, “The Slaves We Buried: Three Lost Slave Autobiographies from
Coastal North Carolina,”
by David S. Cecelski (NC Division of Archives and History,
Vol. 42, No. 4, July 1994. Pages 117-126)

Cradle of the Colony: The History of Chowan County and Edenton, by Thomas Parramore
(Edenton, NC: Edenton Historical Commission, 1967)

David Walker’s Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World, edited by Peter P. Hinks
(University Park, PA: Penn State Univ. Press, 2000).

James City: A Black Community in North Carolina, 1863-1900, by Joe A. Mobley
(Research Reports from the NC Division of Archives and History, No. 1, NC Department of
Cultural Resources. 1981)

“Josephine Napoleon Leary Papers” (NC: Special Collections Department,
William R. Perkins Library, Duke University. Donated 1991-1992)

Mastering Slavery: Memory, Family and Identity in Women’s Slave Narratives,
by Jennifer Fleischner (New York: NYU Press, 1996)

My Folks Don’t Want Me To Talk About Slavery, by Belinda Hurmence
(Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair Publishing, 1989)

National Geographic Society Magazine, “African Slave Trade: The Cruelest Commerce,”
by Colin Palmer (Vol. 182, No. 4, September 1992. Pages 62-91)

Nineteeth-Century American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook,
edited by Denise D. Knight and Emmanuel S. Nelson (Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood
Publishing Group, 1997)

North Carolina Historical Review, “Black Builders in Antebellum North Carolina,”
by Catherine W. Bishir (Vol. LXVII. No. 2. April 1984. Pages 422-461)

North Carolina Historical Review, “In the Shadow of White Society: Princeville, a Black Town
in North Carolina, 1865-1915,” by Joe A. Mobley (Vol. LXIII, No. 3, July 1986. Pages 340-384)

Tributaries, “Moses Grandy: A Slave Waterman’s Life,” by David S. Cecelski
(October 1994. Pages 7-13)

North Carolina Historical Review,
“Muslim Slave Aristocrats in North Carolina,”
by Thomas C. Parramore (Vol. LXXVII, No. 2, April 2000. Pages 127-150)

North Carolina Historical Review, “Panic and Reprisal: Reaction in North Carolina to the
Nat Turner Insurrection, 1831,” by Charles Edward Morris (Vol. LXII, No. 1, January 1985.
Pages 29-52)

North Carolina Historical Review, “Raising the African Brigade: Early Black Recruitment
in the Civil War,” by Richard Reid (Vol. LXX, No. 3, July 1993)

North Carolina Historical Review, “The Seaborne Slave Trade of North Carolina,”
by Walter E. Minchinton (Vol. LXXI, No. 1, January 1994. Pages 1-61)

North Carolina Historical Review, “The Shores of Freedom: The Maritime Underground Railroad in North Carolina, 1800-1861,” by David S. Cecelski (Vol. LXXI, No. 2, April 1994. Pages 174-206)

North Carolina Historical Review, “There are Many Sick, Feeble, and Suffering Freedmen:
The Freedman’s Bureau’s Health-Care Activities During Reconstruction in North Carolina,
1865-1868,” by Reggie L. Pearson (Vol. LXXIX, No. 2, April 2002. Pages 141-181)

Slave Testimony, by John W. Blassingame (Louisiana State University Press. 1977)

The Black Experience in Revolutionary North Carolina, by Jeffery J. Crow, Paul D. Escott and
Flora J. Hatley (Raleigh: NC Department of Cultural Resources, 1977)

Recollections of Slavery Times, by Allen Parker (Chas. W. Burbank & Co., Printers. 1895)

Slavery in North Carolina, 1748-1775, by Marvin L. Michael Kay and Lorin Lee Cary
(Chapel Hill, NC: UNC Press, 1995)

The Bard of North Carolina and His Poetry: George Moses Horton, edited by Joan R. Sherman
(Chapel Hill, NC: UNC Press, 1997)

The Courthouse at Edenton: A History of the Chowan County Courthouse of 1767,
by Marc D. Brodsky (Edenton, NC: Chowan County Government, 1992)

The Free Negro in North Carolina 1780-1860, by John Hope Franklin
(Chapel Hill: UNC Press, new ed. 1995).

The Great Dismal, A Carolina Swamp Memoir, by Bland Simpson (Chapel Hill, NC: UNC Press, 1990)

The Intricate Knot: Black Figures in American Literature, 1776-1863, by Jean Fagan Yellin
(New York: NYU Press, 1972)

The Waterman’s Song: Slavery and Freedom in Maritime North Carolina, by David S. Cecelski
(Chapel Hill, NC: UNC Press, 2001)

Women and Sisters: The Anti-Slavery Feminists in American Culture, by Jean Fagan Yellin
(New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1992)

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