Part 1: 1825-1833
• "Letters from a Slave Girl" is a fictionalized story of the true life of Harriet Ann Jacobs, a black girl born into slavery in Edenton, North Carolina in 1813, and who became a fugitive and eventually gained her freedom in 1852.
• Harriet begins writing letters to deceased members of her family in an account book given to her by her mistress in 1825 when Harriet is twelve-years-old.
• Harriet begins writing to her Mama and tells her that her owner, Margaret Horniblow, is ill and Harriet fears that she may soon die.
• Harriet recalls that Margaret, who grew up with Harriet's mother, promised to treat Harriet well and Harriet hopes that this means Margaret will give Harriet freedom when she dies.
• After Margaret's death, Harriet learns that Margaret has not given her freedom, but has given her to three-year-old Mary Matilda, Margaret's niece by her sister, Maria Horniblow Norcom.
This section contains 2,158 words
(approx. 8 pages at 300 words per page)