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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl - Study Guide Preface by the Author and Introduction by the Editor Summary & Analysis

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In her author's preface, Ms. Jacobs explains that while she did change the names of the characters and other identifying details in her narrative, all of the significant information presented is non-fiction. She anticipates that the reader might find it difficult to believe certain highly dramatic events in her life but insists that everything she reports is true. She says that she was, at first, hesitant to write a book about her experiences due to her self-consciousness about her lack of formal education. She believes that her literary talents are not up to the task of portraying the evils of slavery to the reader. However, at the insistence of her friends, she has consented to write and publish her story. She hopes that she might, through this book, be able to help change the destiny of the millions of women who still live in slavery.

In her introduction to the narrative, editor L. Maria Child backs up the claims made by Ms. Jacobs in the introduction—that the book is primarily the work of a former female slave, and that the information is, to the best of her knowledge, factually accurate. Ms. Child anticipates that she will be criticized for publishing a work that addresses "delicate subjects" (notably that of sexual slavery). However, she has published the narrative regardless, since she believes that the public needs to be aware of these issues, and that hiding them from public view in the interest of decorum only enables their perpetrators.

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