Harriet Jacobs: Selected Writings and Correspondence
Harriet Jacobs: A Life, by Jean Fagan Yellin. Winner of the 2004 Frederick Douglass Prize
Winner of the 2004 Frederick Douglass Book Prize, Harriet Jacobs: A Life recovers the experience of this once-forgotten but remarkable woman who lived 29 years as a slave, seven of which were spent in a cramped hiding place to escape a sexually predatory master. Jean Fagan Yellin’s book explores beyond Jacobs’s own autobiography and traces Jacobs’s flight to the North, the harassment she endured from her former owner, and her return South during the Civil War to establish a school for black refugees behind Union lines.
Harriet Jacobs: Selected Writings and Correspondence consists of a collection of 15 documents and a brief resource guide to books and websites. The website was created by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition with the assistance and cooperation of Professor Yellin and the University of North Carolina Press, who will be publishing the Harriet Jacobs Papers. More information on the Frederick Douglass Book Prize is available online on the Gilder Lehrman Center Website.