History is important to learn from. It can teach us about how they lived, their thoughts, and how we have evolved in society since then. Based on the recommendation of my history professor, I recently completed the autobiography of Harriet Jacobs named Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
Her story takes place in Antebellum America, where she lived as a slave in the South. She talks about the complicated relations between those enslaved and their complex family structures. She talks of the horrors induced to her family by those enslaved and how her family escaped their bonds. Her life story is told in such a masterful way that she grips her readers from the first page to the very last page. Readers cry beside her. Readers celebrate her happy moments.
I don’t read many autobiographies because most are just show boosting on the author’s part. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is different because it is a no holds bare exposé of her life and survival. Everyone should read this book and learn from the lessons taught by it.