Not without My Daughter: The Postwar Underground World of Harriet and Louisa Jacobs

Lecture Description

In this lecture, Downs argues that Harriet Jacobs, author of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, did not want to be found, despite the herculean efforts to recover her from the archives and piece together her biography. Downs reveals how Jacobs and her daughter Louisa continued to stay “underground” during the Reconstruction era and during Jim Crow.


Civil War and Reconstruction Slavery

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