The Slave Girl
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|Author||: Willa Cather|
In her final novel, Willa Cather departed from her usual Great Plains settings to plumb the turbulent relationships between slaves and their owners in the antebellum South. Sapphira and the Slave Girl is set in Virginia just before the Civil War. Sapphira is a slave owner who feels she has come down in the world and channels her resentments into jealousy of her beautiful mulatto slave, Nancy. Sapphira’s daughter Rachel, an abolitionist, opposes her mother’s increasingly shocking attempts to persecute Nancy. The struggles of these three strong-willed women provide rich material for Cather’s narrative art and psychological insight. BONUS: The edition includes an excerpt from The Selected Letters of Willa Cather.
|Author||: Harriet Jacobs|
"Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" was one of the first books to address the struggle for freedom by female slaves; explore their struggles with sexual harassment and abuse; and their effort to protect their roles as women and mothers. After being overshadowed by the Civil War, the novel was rediscovered in the late 20th century and since then hasn't been out of print ever. It is one of the seminal books written on the theme of slavery from a woman's point of view and appreciated worldwide academically as well. Excerpt: "Reader be assured this narrative is no fiction. I am aware that some of my adventures may seem incredible; but they are, nevertheless, strictly true. I have not exaggerated the wrongs inflicted by Slavery; on the contrary, my descriptions fall far short of the facts. I have concealed the names of places, and given persons fictitious names. I had no motive for secrecy on my own account, but I deemed it kind and considerate towards others to pursue this course...." Harriet Jacobs (1813–1897) was an African-American writer who was formerly a fugitive slave. To save her family and her own identity from being found out, she used the pseudonym of Linda Brent and wrote secretly during the night.
|Author||: Caroline Lawrence|
|Editor||: Orion Children's Books|
This exciting adventure gives fascinating insight into the workings of the Roman legal system in a page-turning court room drama. As always, Caroline Lawrence springs new surprises for all the characters and provides motives, means and opportunity for one determined felon. And, as ever, it's up to the four young detectives to crack the case . . .
|Author||: Hans Meijer|
They handled her with expert ease. The weight of knees on her spine pinned her face down on the floor. They tied her wrists with care. Then roped her elbows so that her forearms were welded as one. They went away, laughing. The sound of the door and its locks was, for Corey Gibson, a knell of doom. Weeping, she stayed where they left her, hurt and shamed and without hope. Her breasts thrust against the stone floor without love. She guessed her nipples inverted, they too would sense despair. But after a space of minutes she struggled to her feet and went to the bench. There was no thought in her mind save that that her elbows were hurting, scorched by their bindings, tugging back her shoulders and her breasts. She tried to wriggle her arms and hands but could not. They were tied tight. She was helpless. The collar round her neck became a greater mockery than before.
|Author||: Kate McCafferty|
Kidnapped from Galway, Ireland, as a young girl, shipped to Barbados, and forced to work the land alongside African slaves, Cot Daley's life has been shaped by injustice. In this stunning debut novel, Kate McCafferty re-creates, through Cot's story, the history of the more than fifty thousand Irish who were sold as indentured servants to Caribbean plantation owners during the seventeenth century. As Cot tells her story-the brutal journey to Barbados, the harrowing years of fieldwork on the sugarcane plantations, her marriage to an African slave and rebel leader, and the fate of her children—her testimony reveals an exceptional woman's astonishing life.
|Author||: Yan XiaoYanYan|
She was the bane of the heavens, the abandoned daughter of the Xue Clan, and a lowly and despicable criminal ... Until she became his concubine, then she would ride the winds and surf through the waves, stepping onto the path of a counterattack. She would become the peerless imperial concubine! To her, the life and death of her family, the honor and honor of her family, as well as her own dignity, all had to be protected by her death! Only for him love, but in the turbulent times, uncertain. She was only willing to wash away all her splendor, and spend all her splendor, so that she could be with Elder Jun!
|Author||: Sarah Forsyth,Tim Tate|
|Editor||: John Blake|
In the sequel to Slave Girl, a survivor of the sex trade details her recovery process, which she realizes must include a return to the site of her trauma to aid others In Slave Girl, Sarah Forsyth told of her terrible ordeal as a young woman sex-trafficked from England to the red-light district of Amsterdam, and of her dramatic escape from forced prostitution. But as she relates in this memoir, Sarah's journey from the dark back into light was far from over. She discusses how, still addicted to drugs and drink, she struggled to cope with life, with love, and with the marriage she desperately hoped would bring her happiness. It would take three more long and painful years to be rid of the terrible after-effects of sex slavery. But as she fought her draining battle to survive, Sarah came to realize that there was something she needed to do. It was a decision that would take her back into the modern scandal of sex trafficking—and back into the hell of Amsterdam's red-light district. This is the incredible story of her very personal mental journey to find goodness within herself, and the shocking and painful physical journey to find the sex slaves she left behind. Both are journeys which will take all the strength, courage, and love that she has—but if she is to survive, they are journeys she must make.
|Author||: Harriet Ann Jacobs|
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is an autobiography by a young mother and fugitive slave published in 1861 by L. Maria Child, who edited the book for its author, Harriet Ann Jacobs. Jacobs used the pseudonym Linda Brent. The book documents Jacobs' life as a slave and how she gained freedom for herself and for her children. Jacobs contributed to the genre of slave narrative by using the techniques of sentimental novels "to address race and gender issues." She explores the struggles and sexual abuse that female slaves faced on plantations as well as their efforts to practice motherhood and protect their children when their children might be sold away.Jacobs' book is addressed to white women in the North who do not fully comprehend the evils of slavery. She makes direct appeals to their humanity to expand their knowledge and influence their thoughts about slavery as an institution.
|Author||: John Norman|
|Editor||: Hachette UK|
Taken as a possession, Judy Thornton, an Earth resident, is found meandering in the wilderness of the Earthlike planet of Gor. In keeping with the uncivilized culture of the Goreans, she is trained and used as a slave. What her masters don't know is that Judy is more than just a beautiful chattel. She has the power to obliterate Gor and all that is related to it. Determined to seize control of her, Priest Kings and Kur-Monster enter combat, neglecting the fact that the fate of Gor rests in the hands of the ethereal Judy.
|Author||: Mary E. Lyons|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
Harriet Jacobs was born into slavery; it's the only life she has ever known. Now, with the death of her mistress, there is a chance she will be given her freedom, and for the first time Harriet feels hopeful. But hoping can be dangerous, because disappointment is devastating. Harriet has one last hope, though: escape to the North. And as she faces numerous ordeals, this hope gives her the strength she needs to survive. Based on the true story of Harriet Ann Jacobs, LETTERS FROM A SLAVE GIRL reveals in poignant detail what thousands of African-American women had to endure not long ago. It's a story that will enlighten, anger, and never be forgotten.
|Author||: Harriet Ann Jacobs|
|Editor||: Courier Corporation|
This autobiographical account by a former slave is one of the few extant narratives written by a woman. Written and published in 1861, it delivers a powerful portrayal of the brutality of slave life. Jacobs speaks frankly of her master's abuse and her eventual escape, in a tale of dauntless spirit and faith.
|Author||: Lily Byrne|
A tale of abduction, ritual and honor ...It is 915 AD, and in this sequel to 'Ragnar the Murderer', the Danes and the English continue to live in uneasy peace. A peace that is threatened when several Englishmen are attacked and murdered 'in the Danish way', and their wives and children are abducted. To what purpose nobody knows.It is a time when slaves must submit themselves to every one of their master's desires, without hesitation and on pain of death. Have these young women been sold into slavery and what will have happened to them if they have?Meanwhile, Ragnar's kinsman, shackled to a demanding and dissatisfied wife, gets a slave girl of his own ...
|Author||: Daniel Taylor|
|Editor||: Brighton Publishing LLC|
Bertrand d'Ogeron, a Dutch merchant, felt confident his quadroon granddaughters, Scholastique Bigonesse and her sister, Beauchance, would know a better life in Orleans territories of New France. Bertrand paid for their passage to New Orleans as free persons of color in 1818, under an outdated but effective "Placage" system. Placage was an important tool used by the French and Spanish to better legitimize girls of color or young "roon" women into freedom... ...by selling them into servitude for a period of time before they could become free. But especially caught in the tides of change during this period were the plantation owners and the slaves who serviced their needs. In New Orleans, mere blocks separate free blacks from their brothers and sisters, who toil under the abusive twists of power. With changing laws against slavery and the poor treatment of slaves, a black market of underground slave trading exploded among the elite... ...and Scholastique Bigonesse was caught in the middle. Raised as educated and free women of color, young Scholastique and her sister inherit a secret supply of rum, hidden by their powerful grandfather. But his death brings a riddle by way of a poem... ...and critical papers proving their legal status are missing. Scholastique's world flips upside down when she is kidnapped by a nefarious man who seeks to abuse her body and steal a fortune she doesn't even know she has, buried at the bottom of the rum barrels. The adventures of Scholastique as she battles for her life and freedom, after being mistaken for a slave, involve her in a deeper understanding of the world, her true roots, and the volatility of the times. She seeks to recover her inheritance, become a woman of means... ...and stand up for her rights as a human being.
|Author||: John Bailey|
|Editor||: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic|
A fascinating exploration of slavery and its laws and an unforgettable portrait of a young woman in pursuit of freedom. “Reads like a legal thriller” (The Washington Post). It is a spring morning in New Orleans, 1843. In the Spanish Quarter, on a street lined with flophouses and gambling dens, Madame Carl recognizes a face from her past. It is the face of a German girl, Sally Miller, who disappeared twenty-five years earlier. But the young woman is property, the slave of a nearby cabaret owner. She has no memory of a “white” past. Yet her resemblance to her mother is striking, and she bears two telltale birthmarks. In brilliant novelistic detail, award-winning historian John Bailey reconstructs the exotic sights, sounds, and smells of mid-nineteenth-century New Orleans, as well as the incredible twists and turns of Sally Miller’s celebrated and sensational case. Did Miller, as her relatives sought to prove, arrive from Germany under perilous circumstances as an indentured servant or was she, as her master claimed, part African, and a slave for life? The Lost German Slave Girl is a tour de force of investigative history that reads like a suspense novel. “Bailey keeps us guessing until the end in this page-turning true courtroom drama of 19th-century New Orleans . . . [He] brings to life the fierce legal proceedings with vivid strokes.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
|Author||: Harriet A. Jacobs|
|Editor||: Createspace Independent Pub|
I was born a slave; but I never knew it till six years of happy childhood had passed away. My father was a carpenter, and considered so intelligent and skilful in his trade, that, when buildings out of the common line were to be erected, he was sent for from long distances, to be head workman. On condition of paying his mistress two hundred dollars a year, and supporting himself, he was allowed to work at his trade, and manage his own affairs. His strongest wish was to purchase his children; but, though he several times offered his hard earnings for that purpose, he never succeeded. In complexion my parents were a light shade of brownish yellow, and were termed mulattoes. They lived together in a comfortable home; and, though we were all slaves, I was so fondly shielded that I never dreamed I was a piece of merchandise, trusted to them for safe keeping, and liable to be demanded of them at any moment. I had one brother, William, who was two years younger than myself—a bright, affectionate child. I had also a great treasure in my maternal grandmother, who was a remarkable woman in many respects. She was the daughter of a planter in South Carolina, who, at his death, left her mother and his three children free, with money to go to St. Augustine, where they had relatives.