Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup

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Twelve Years A Slave

by: Solomon Northup
Number of Pages: 336
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Describes the life in slavery of Solomon Northup from Saratoga, N.Y., born a free Black man.

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1. Stories of Slavery and Liberation

by: Linda BrentFrederick DouglassBooker T. WashingtonSolomon Northup Louis Hughes
Release date: Dec 11, 2019
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“Stories of Slavery and Liberation” is collection of narratives of slaves and works of famous writers on the struggle for liberation from slavery. Undoubtedly, the “narrative of slaves” is a documentary source that reveals from the inside through the eyes of slaves all aspects of their life, often hidden from slave owners.

2. Solomon Northup – 12 Years a Slave

by: Solomon Northup
Release date: Mar 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 124
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Twelve Years A Slave is subtitled Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853 from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana. This subtitle accurately describes the book which is entirely based on the true story of Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson. The book was published in 1853 and became a bestseller following Uncle Tom’s Cabin which was set in the same kind of Louisiana cotton plantation that some of Twelve Years A Slave is set, but the book subsequently faded until the sixties and is now universally acclaimed following the award winning film. Solomon was born in 1808 to a father who had been a slave to the Northup family of Rhode Island but then freed and grew up in Minerva New York State. He married Anne who he had three children with and worked as a raftsmen, farmer and fiddle player. He gained a good reputation as a fiddle player and was tricked accepting an engagement that led to his kidnap and was subsequently taken to a slave market in Washington D.C. and then by ship to New Orleans in horrific conditions that resulted in the death of one of his fellow travellers. The injustice and indignity he suffered under a range of masters, some of whom beat him badly for alleging he was a free man, is accurately recounted in this truly remarkable story which relates the misery and inhumane treatment that so many slaves received in the South by their white masters. Finally through a Canadian abolitionist Solomon’s plight was communicated to his family who struggled to locate him as no one knew him by his real name and he was being sold by one master to another but finally after 12 long years he was a free man again and reunited with his family. Whether you see the film or not, do not miss this unique and compelling narrative that captures the intensity of events, the characters and locations of Solomon Northup’s enslavement.

3. 12 Year’s A Slave as Written By Solomon Northup

by: Solomon Northup
Release date: Nov 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 340
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This unique edition of Solomon Northup’s now classic memoir, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, is given here for the reader in its original, unabridged form. Now a major motion picture.

4. 12 Years a Slave (Movie Tie-In)

by: Solomon Northup
Release date: Sep 04, 2013
Number of Pages: 304
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The official movie tie-in edition to the winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong’o, and directed by Steve McQueen New York Times bestseller “I could not believe that I had never heard of this book. It felt as important as Anne Frank’s Diary, only published nearly a hundred years before. . . . The book blew [my] mind: the epic range, the details, the adventure, the horror, and the humanity. . . . I hope my film can play a part in drawing attention to this important book of courage. Solomon’s bravery and life deserve nothing less.” —Steve McQueen, director of 12 Years a Slave, from the Foreword Perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. It recounts how Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, was lured to Washington, D.C., in 1841 with the promise of fast money, then drugged and beaten and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity on a Louisiana cotton plantation. After his rescue, Northup published this exceptionally vivid and detailed account of slave life. It became an immediate bestseller and today is recognized for its unusual insight and eloquence as one of the very few portraits of American slavery produced by someone as educated as Solomon Northup, or by someone with the dual perspective of having been both a free man and a slave.

Last updated on Tuesday, November 30, 2021