The Monthly Religious Magazine and Independent Journal
Boston: March 1861


  . . . Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Written by Herself. Edited by L. MARIA CHILD. Boston: Published by the Author.—Let those persons read this who think slavery "a good thing for the colored race," and ordained to be the normal state of society. It shows the system even more effectually than Uncle Tom's Cabin, for it is a simple narrative of facts, told with a truthfulness and pathos that go straight to the heart. Especially as it bears upon woman, and in ways concealed from superficial "South-side views," this story of the slave-girl exhibits the system, we have no doubt, faithfully and truly.

  Mrs. Child says in her Introduction, that, with trifling exceptions, both the ideas and the language are those of the narrator. It would be incredible that an uneducated slave-woman could attain to a style of narrative that flows on so direct, and sometimes beautiful, except from the well-known fact that, when the heart burns with a sense of wrong, it will find by instinct its own words, and make them alive.