's friendships with white people have left traces behind them; her friendships with black people have not. When she arrived in Rochester in 1849, HJ
stayed briefly with Amy Post
, a white Quaker...
's vocation brought her into contact with many eminent people, from Abraham Lincoln
downwards. She shared a platform with Frederick Douglass
on a famous occasion when she challenged his faith by demanding whether God...
Intertextuality and Influence
The year after she achieved liberation from slavery, HJ
began to mull over the suggestion of Amy Post
that she should tell her story of escape and emancipation.
Jacobs, Harriet. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Editor Yellin, Jean Fagan, Harvard University Press, 1987.
In the late twentieth century Jean Fagan Yellin
, future editor and biographer of HJ
, discovered a previously unknown collection of original letters written by Jacobs to Amy Post
between May 1849 and June...
had to struggle to find the time for writing her book herself. In March 1854 she noted, as yet I have not written a single page by daylight. Mrs Willis
, [her employer] dont...