Biographical Reading of Linda Brent's INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL
This is the preface to Ms. Brent's book, published in 1861. It is slightly accented.
Voice AgeMiddle Aged (35-54)
AccentsNorth American (General) North American (US General American - GenAM) US African American
Note: Transcripts are generated using speech recognition software and may contain errors.
preface by the offer. Read it. 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 toward others to pursue this course. I wish I were more competent to the task I have undertaken, but I trust my readers will excuse deficiencies and consideration of circumstances. I was born and reared in slavery, and I remained in a slave state. 27 years since I have been at the North. It has been necessary for me to work diligently from our own support and the education of my Children. This has not left me much leisure to make up for the loss of early opportunities to improve myself, and it has compelled me to write thes pages at irregular intervals whenever I could ****** an hour from household duties. When I first arrived in Philadelphia, Bishop Pain advised me to publish a sketch of my life, but I told him I was altogether incompetent to such an undertaking. Though I have improved my mind somewhat since that time, I still remain of the same opinion. But I trust my motives will excuse what my otherwise seem presumptuous. I have not written my experiences in order to attract attention to myself. On the contrary, it would have been more pleasant to me to have been silent about my own history. Neither do I care to excite sympathy for my own sufferings, but I do earnestly desire to arouse the women of the North to a realizing sense of the condition of to millions of women at the south still in bondage, suffering what I suffered and most of them far worse. I want to add my testimony to that of a blur pens to convince the people of the free states what slavery really is. Onley by experience. Can anyone realize how deep and dark and foul is that pit of abominations with the blessing of God? Rest on this in perfect effort and behalf of my persecuted people, Linda Brent