12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

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by Solomon Northup
     
 

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Twelve Years a Slave is a memoir and slave narrative by Solomon Northup, as told to and edited by David Wilson. Northup, a black man who was born free in New York, details his kidnapping in Washington, D.C. and subsequent sale into slavery. After having been kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana by various masters, Northup was able to write to friends and

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Twelve Years a Slave is a memoir and slave narrative by Solomon Northup, as told to and edited by David Wilson. Northup, a black man who was born free in New York, details his kidnapping in Washington, D.C. and subsequent sale into slavery. After having been kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana by various masters, Northup was able to write to friends and family in New York, who were able to secure his release. Northup's account provides extensive details on the slave markets in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans and describes at length cotton and sugar cultivation on major plantations in Louisiana.

The work was published by Derby & Miller of Auburn, New York, soon after Harriet Beecher Stowe's best-selling novel about slavery, Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), to which it lent factual support.

The memoir has been adapted and produced as the 1984 PBS television movie Solomon Northup's Odyssey and the 2013 Academy Award-winning film 12 Years a Slave.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781631680021
Publisher:
Graymalkin Media
Publication date:
02/28/2014
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
57,668
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 6.68(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

About Northup:

Solomon Northup was a free-born African American from New York, the son of a freed slave. A farmer and violinist, he owned a property in Hebron. In 1841 he was kidnapped by slave-traders, having been enticed with a job offer as a violinist. When he accompanied his supposed employers to Washington, DC, they drugged him and sold him as a slave. He was shipped to New Orleans where he was sold to a plantation owner in Louisiana. He was held in the Red River region of Louisiana by several different owners for 12 years, during which time his friends and family had no word of him. He made repeated attempts to escape and get messages out of the plantation. Eventually he got news to his family, who contacted friends and enlisted the Governor of New York, Washington Hunt, to his cause. He regained his freedom in January 1853 and returned to his family in New York.

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12 Years a Slave 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
juleecm1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Jan_Shmurai 27 days ago
Solomon Northup telling day to day stories of his slave life that went on for 12 years. Today, Slavery is thought of as a mistake in the American history. Back then, steeling african americans of the streets and or making up stories to lure them into the slave territories was a well paying from the rich. This book helped me understand the cruel punishments people had to endure. As the strong points of the book stated the hard labor and the outcomes were clearly unproportional. I Like the specifics and the details Solomon Northup had included about his everyday close from death from exhaustion stories and adding salt to the wound , thinking about his family back in New York . I would recommend this book as a history lesson and to read about an experience from a slave's perspective.
TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
Never watched the movie - though I heard great things about it. Decided to give the book a go and wasn't disappointed - well, unless you count my disappointed with the passive voice. But other than that, this book was enlightening. It was incredibly nuanced that each thought, each action was vividly played in my mind. I can't imagine the horrors of truly losing your freedom - and to not just lose your freedom but to then go into an oppressive state. His first couple years started off as well as they could as the chattel of a white man, but it quickly devolved when he was sold to an owner who was not quite as enlightened as his first owner. Ten years of suffering followed until he found a sympathetic ear in a Canadian. One of the best books I've read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fine, watever" got into his fighting stance" come on then"
MysteryChristieluv More than 1 year ago
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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kateIII More than 1 year ago
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.
JordanStormCloud More than 1 year ago
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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STONECOLD8569 More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read. It is a must read. I highly recommend reading this book I loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Master im ready