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Harriet Jacobs, <em>Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl </em>(1861)

Harriet Jacobs in 1894.

After researching the astonishing life of Harriet Ann Jacobs, I have certainly reached my desired conclusion. She was certainly a devout follower of Christ who sought to place him at the forefront of every decision that she made. Having examined the sources that she wrote herself and scholarly works that were written by her biographer, Jean Fagan Yellin, the life of this woman is one that will forever be imprinted in my mind. She overcame countless and seemingly insurmountable trials throughout her life while always keeping her focus directed towards God. While there is not an overwhelming amount of information written in her autobiography or her letters about her faith, the several incidents and letters she did write provide more than sufficient evidence to confirm that she was a strong Christian who would not have reached her freedom without God. She exemplified what it means to be a faith-based Christian and I have the utmost respect for her.

            I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Harriet Jacobs. I believe that she deserves a lot more recognition than what she currently has. She has blessed the world with an incredible firsthand account of what life was like for an African-American woman in antebellum North Carolina and has provided scholars with an essential piece of history.