12 Years A Slave

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When Solomon Northup, born a free black man in Saratoga, New York, was offered a short-term job with a circus in Washington, D.C., in 1841, he jumped at the opportunity. But when he arrived, he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana. Finally, with the help of a Canadian abolitionist, he was rescued and reunited with his family in New York. In this memoir published in 1853, Northup tells the incredible story of his 12 years as a slave....

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Overview

When Solomon Northup, born a free black man in Saratoga, New York, was offered a short-term job with a circus in Washington, D.C., in 1841, he jumped at the opportunity. But when he arrived, he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana. Finally, with the help of a Canadian abolitionist, he was rescued and reunited with his family in New York. In this memoir published in 1853, Northup tells the incredible story of his 12 years as a slave.

Lexile score: 1200L

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Entertainment Weekly - Steve McQueen
Director "Twelve Years a Slave, says" "Frightening, gripping and inspiring . . . Northup's story seems almost biblical, structured as it is as a descent and resurrection narrative of a protagonist who, like Christ, was 33 at the time of his abduction. Northup reminds us of the fragile nature of freedom in any human society and the harsh reality that whatever legal boundaries existed between so-called free states and slave states in 1841, no black man, woman or child was permanently safe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781626862364
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Press
  • Publication date: 7/8/2014
  • Series: Word Cloud Classics Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 693,273
  • Lexile: NC1200L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Born free, African American Solomon Northup (1808–1857) was kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery in the American South, where he spent 12 years in captivity. He regained his freedom in 1853 and published an autobiography about his experience.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Deeply Affecting and a Must-Read for Everyone

    It never occurred to me to find out what the day-to-day life of a slave was like. I knew, of course, that slavery was wrong and a blight on American history. But honestly, the horror of living as a slave was never really clear to me until I read "12 Years a Slave". Imagine being snatched off the street and sold into slavery, just like that. With no way to reach your family or friends. And if you protest, or even just don't do something the was the "Master" says you should have done it, you get WHIPPED with a lash until you bleed as punishment. Imagine working 20 hour days, having 4 hours of sleep, little nourishment, and having to do that every single day except for a few days around Christmas. Imagine the worst and then imagine it over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over until you drop down dead from exhaustion.

    That's what this book makes clear. That Solomon Northup was educated is clear in his writing. That he was smart and resourceful is also clear. That his civil rights were violated as much as can be imagined is also clear. And that he lived to tell the tale is really the astonishing thing about this story. Read it. Black or white or Asian or Latino, I doubt you have any idea about the day-to-day horrors of being a slave. I didn't. It's horrific, but you need to know. We all do. 100% required reading.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2014

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    Scowled picking up his katana" if i win i want waffles for a month"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2014

    Zeke

    Fine, watever" got into his fighting stance" come on then"

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  • Posted October 17, 2014

    Excellent, highly recommend

    I found a lot of information in the book that was lacking in the movie. This information explained some of the thought processes and actions and more which I did not know in the history of the movie.

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  • Posted August 10, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    I love old books written at the time. They could capture the mom

    I love old books written at the time. They could capture the moment so much better than a lot of modern writers. Brilliant book

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    This book is he best slavery book i have ever read, 5/5 stars. T

    This book is he best slavery book i have ever read, 5/5 stars. Thank you Solomon Northup for making this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Hot girl

    Master im ready

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

    Great book

    This book is a great read. It is a must read.

    I highly recommend reading this book

    I loved it

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