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3. Utopian Promise   



7. Slavery and
Freedom


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Harriet Jacobs - Selected Archive Items

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[1055] W. M. Merrick, Map of the Washington and Alexandria Railroad (1865),
courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.
This period map of Washington, DC, shows how the city looked at the end of the Civil War.

[6442] Keith White, Harriet Jacobs (1994),
courtesy of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History.
A rendering of the only known photograph of Harriet Jacobs. Jacobs's account of her sexual exploitation as a slave opened her up to attacks on her morality. This led her to publish under the pseudonym Linda Brent and may have led her to avoid being photographed.

[6832] Sandy Point Plantation, Edenton, North Carolina (1933-40),
courtesy of the Library of Congress, Historic American Buildings Survey [HABS, NC21-EDET.V,3-1].
This nineteenth-century southern home is similar in style to the house of Harriet Jacobs's owner, Dr. James Norcom. Well-to-do slave-owning whites who were not part of the wealthiest planter class often built such houses.

[7223] Nina Baym, Interview: "Gender and Sexual Difference" (2001),
courtesy of Annenberg Media.
Baym, professor of English at the University of Illinois, is the general editor of The Norton Anthology of American Literature and author of American Women of Letters and the Nineteenth-Century Sciences: Styles of Affiliation.



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