Twelve Years a Slave (Dover Thrift Editions)

Solomon Northup

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Synopsis: Now a major motion picture A moving vital testament to one of slavery s many thousand gone who retained his humanity in the bowels of degradation Saturday Review Born a free man in New York State in 1808 Solomon Northup was kidnapped in Washington DC in 1841 He spent the next 12 harrowing years of his life as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation During this time he was frequently abused and often afraid for his life After regaining his freedom in 1853 Northup decided to publish this gripping autobiographical account of his captivity As an educated man Northup was able to present an exceptionally detailed and accurate description of slave life and plantation society Indeed this book is probably the fullest most realistic picture of the peculiar institution during the three decades before the Civil War Moreover Northup tells his story both from the viewpoint of an outsider who had experienced 30 years of freedom and dignity in the United States before his capture and as a slave reduced to total bondage and submission Very few personal accounts of American slavery were written by slaves with a similar history Published in 1853 Northup s book found a ready audience and almost immediately became a bestseller Aside from its vivid depiction of the detention transportation and sale of slaves Twelve Years a Slave is admired for its classic accounts of cotton and sugar production its uncannily precise recall of people times and places and the compelling details that re create the daily routine of slaves in the Gulf South 7 illustrations Index Now a major motion picture A moving vital testament to one of slavery s many thousand gone who retained his humanity in the bowels of degradation Saturday Review Born a free man in New York State in 1808 Solomon Northup was kidnapped in Washington DC in 1841 He spent the next 12 harrowing years of his life as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation During this time he was fre

About the Author: 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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Title: Twelve Years a Slave (Dover Thrift Editions)
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