12 Years a Slave (Illustrated)

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Solomon Northup was born a free man in New York State. At the age of 33 he was kidnapped in Washington D.C. and placed in an underground slave pen. Northup was transported by ship to New Orleans where he was sold into slavery. He spent the next 12 years working as a carpenter, driver, and cotton picker. This narrative reveals how Northup survived the harsh conditions of slavery, including smallpox, lashings, and an attempted hanging.

Solomon Northup was among a select few who ...

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Solomon Northup was born a free man in New York State. At the age of 33 he was kidnapped in Washington D.C. and placed in an underground slave pen. Northup was transported by ship to New Orleans where he was sold into slavery. He spent the next 12 years working as a carpenter, driver, and cotton picker. This narrative reveals how Northup survived the harsh conditions of slavery, including smallpox, lashings, and an attempted hanging.

Solomon Northup was among a select few who were freed from slavery. His account describes the daily life of slaves in Louisiana, their diet and living conditions, the relationship between master and slave, and how slave catchers used to recapture runaways. Northup's first person account published in 1853, was a dramatic story in the national debate over slavery that took place in the nine years leading up to the start of the American Civil War.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781927970287
  • Publisher: Engage Books
  • Publication date: 2/15/2014
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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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.

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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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    Posted March 28, 2014

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    Master im ready

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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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