Although millions of african american women were held in bondage over the 250 years that slavery was legal in the united states harriet jacobs 1813 97 is the only one known to have left papers testifying to her life. The harriet jacobs family papers is the culmination of jean fagan yellins magisterial scholarly restoration of jacobs and her fascinating family to their rightful place in us history william l andrews university of north carolina at chapel hill jean fagan yellin has been harriet jacobss most important interpreter. The harriet jacobs family papers user review not available book verdict this masterwork stems from pace university english professor emerita yellins more than 25 years of research and writing on harriet jacobs 1813 97 including her 2002 biography but beginning with read full review selected pages. The harriet jacobs family papers 2 vols edited by jean fagan yellin chapel hill the university of north carolina press 2008 lxxxi 1056 pp 12500 harriet jacobs a life carefully traces jacobss career as a reformer and a writer following the war. The harriet jacobs family papers is designed as a lasting contribution to the ongoing study of the ways in which these national struggles and the social conditions that gave rise to them have shaped our culture and continue to shape our lives
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