Her Voice Echoes
About This Show
Her Voice Echoes presents women's history through letters, editorials, articles and other documents written by and, sometimes, about women. Our goal is to hear the voices of women across time, whether it's a court case from Plymouth Colony, a letter home from a daughter visiting London in the 1880s, or an email from a soldier in Iraq to her husband back home in the US. We hear the voices of women whose names you may know and from others who lived their lives in obscurity. We explore the big issues of the day and simple pleasures of lives well lived.
Most Recent Episode
013: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Chapters 30-35)
In episode 013 of Her Voice Echoes we continue to hear about the life of Harriet Jacobs, a woman born in 1813 in Edenton, NC. Harriet was enslaved for 27 years, eventually escaping to the North, where in 1861 she published a book called, “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.”
Episode 013 includes chapters 30-35 of the book. Harriet is finally free from her miserable prison of the last seven years. She heads to the North, first stopping in Philadelphia and then heading on to New York, where she is reunited with Ellen and Benny. But, all is not well. She must contend with the constant threat of "recapture" by the Flints, Ellen is in a dire situation (Mr. Sanders has not fulfilled his promise to educate her), and she is confronted with the racism and segregation of the North. Throughout, though, Harriet's militant spirit is ever present.
The book was written to appeal to the white women of the North. It combines the genres of slave narrative and sentimental novel and focuses on the themes of family, motherhood, chastity and sexual oppression. It was considered bold and indelicate at the time it was written. Harriet doesn't dance around the topic of white men abusing black women. It was initially published as a serialized novel in a newspaper and then published as a book in 1861 under the pseudonym Linda Brent.
Here are the names of the fictionalized characters and their real counterparts:
Linda Brett: Harriet Jacobs
William Brett: John Jacobs
Harriet's father: Elijah Knox
Harriet's mother: Delilah Horniblow
Aunt Martha: Molly Horniblow
Benny Sands: Joseph Sawyer
Ellen Sands: Louisa Sawyer
Ruth Nash: Margaret Horniblow
Dr. Flint: Dr. James Norcom
Mrs. Flint: Mary Curtis Norcom
Emily Flint: Mary Matilda Norcom
Mr. Sands: Samuel Tredwell Sawyer
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