Harriet Jacobs: Resource Guide


Selected Websites

The Harriet Jacobs Family Papers (2 volumes)

The collected writings of Harriet Jacobs, published by the University of North Carolina Press  
Harriet Jacobs Papers
Website for the Harriet Jacobs Papers Project, which will produce a two-volume documentary edition of papers by and about the 19th-century African-American author, abolitionist, and reformer Harriet Jacobs (1813-1897), to be published by the University of North Carolina Press.
Documenting the American South
A collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century. It is sponsored by the Academic Affairs Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the texts come primarily from its Southern holdings.
History Now (The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History)
In this, the December, 2004, issue, contributing scholars focus on four different types of primary sources and apply them to the task of looking at the history of enslaved African Americans. Their essays explain not only what these types of sources reveal but also how to evaluate their validity and how to use them effectively.
Slavery and the Making of America (PBS)
Slavery and the Making of America offers new perspectives on the slave experience and testifies to the active role that Africans and African Americans took in surviving their bondage and shaping their own lives. The PBS website, meant to supplement the 2004 PBS documentary series, includes lesson plans and primary documents.

Selected Bibliography

Harriet Jacobs: A Life

Jean Fagan Yellin
Winner of the 2004 Frederick Douglass Prize, Jean Fagan Yellin’s Harriet Jacobs: A Liferecounts the full adventures of Harriet Jacobs, before and after slavery. Drawing upon decades of original research with archival sources, Yellin creates a complete picture of the events that inspired Incidents and offers the first rounded picture of Jacobs’s life in the thirty-six years after the book’s publication.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Enlarged Edition
Harriet Jacobs. Jean Fagan Yellin, Editor
The annotated 2004 edition includes correspondence, photographs, and John Jacobs’s short slave narrative, A True Tale of Slavery, published in London in 1861, which adds a brother’s perspective to Harriet Jacobs’s own autobiography (Harvard University Press).
Harriet Jacobs and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: New Critical Essays
Deborah M. Garfield and Rafia Zafar, Editors
An anthology of literary and cultural scholarship to use as a resource for students and teachers of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.