Harriet Jacobs was born a slave in Edenton, NC in 1813 . She escaped to the north and joined the abolitionist cause. During the Civil War, Jacobs nursed in Alexandria, VA for the Union Army and for the newly freed slaves living in the area. She is best known for her autobiography "Incidents in the life of a slave girl".
Public Broadcasting information about Harriet Jacobs.
Jacobs, H. (1987) Incidents in the life of a slave girl.
Yellin, J. F. (2005) Harriet Jacobs: A life. Basic Civitas Books: