Twelve Years A Slave

Twelve Years A Slave

by Solomon Northup
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Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup

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First published in 1853, Twelve Years a Slave is the narrative of Solomon Northup’s experience as a free man sold into slavery. Northup’s memoir reveals unimaginable details about the slave markets, the horrors of life on a plantation, and the dreadful day-to-day treatment of the slaves from the perspective of a man who lived more than thirty years as a free man before being forcibly enslaved.

Written in the year after Northup was freed and published in the wake of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Northup’s story was quickly taken up by abolitionist groups and news organizations as part of the fight against slavery. The book fell into obscurity in later decades, only to be rediscovered in the early 1960’s. In 2013 it was adapted into a feature film entitled 12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen and produced by Brad Pitt. Pitt also played a supporting role in the film, alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti and Sarah Paulson.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781443433099
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 243,771
File size: 993 KB

About the Author

A free-born African American, Solomon Northup was born in Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1808. He lived free until 1841 when, attracted by a job offer, he traveled to Washington, DC, where he was drugged and sold into slavery by his supposed employers. Northup was enslaved for twelve years before he regained his freedom and returned to New York. There, he became an advocate for abolitionism and in the 1860s began helping fugitive slaves on the Underground Railroad. Northup published his own experiences in the memoir Twelve Years a Slave, which was adapted into the 1984 TV movie Solomon Northup’s Odyssey and the film 12 Years a Slave, adapted and produced by Steve McQueen. Northup is believed to have died between 1863 and 1875, but both the date and circumstances of his death are unknown.

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Twelve Years a Slave 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
B&N please do something about children using this place reserved for legitimate reviews for their stupid chatbox. I am genuinely interested in what others have to say about the books and I am really disgusted when EVERY book reviewed has children playing on it!!!!
born_again_bookworm More than 1 year ago
What an incredible story (and a real eye-opener for me!) It's so sad to learn that this was not uncommon for free men to be kidnapped and sold back into slavery. Solomon's story is one of absolute strength. Based on the actual STORY, I would rate this 5 stars. However, the writing style was difficult for me at times, so I only give it a 4. Overall, it's well-written, but some of the descriptions are too wordy and add nothing to the story (just a list of names, facts, etc). It's difficult at times to decipher between which details are necessary to remember for the sake of understanding the story, and which details are just a collection of unrelated facts. Also readers should note there are a few scenes that are not for the sensitive. It's a heartbreaking story that made me cry several times, but definitely worth reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe this was well told and interesting to read. Having lived in the deep south sadly many of the same risks and threats to a point are still there today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This true account of Solomons life was shocking, facinating,sad and I felt like I could see his life rollout as I read each word. Well done.I learned a lot and am in aw of the strength of Solomon.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Poignant. I couldn't put it down, I was totally enthralled.
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Walks in.
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Please reply to 'unnamed' at res one. You can pick a book.)
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Followed
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Give me my kit now
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Raced after the cat
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Left
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Sorry! No deal!" The cat meowed laughing, "Now where little gold kit named Lightiningkit go?" he meowed then he quickly grabbed Berrkit,stuffed moss in her mouth and ran to res 20
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((Still there?)) <br> <p> A tall, blond haired man with deep blue eyes walked into the room. He looked around.
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An interesting book but was disappointed for there were vocabulary words all through the book that were probably not used or available for Solomon to use. Any one who was beaten like he was or any of the slaves for that matter would have died for the lack of medical attention. Yes, I do believe that the conditions and they way the slaves were treated was more than intolerable and should have never happened.
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Kissed back
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A sad look at slavery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tugs at her leg trying to get it free