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Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, (Enhanced Edition With a Historical Study Guide Included)

Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, (Enhanced Edition With a Historical Study Guide Included) [Kindle Edition]

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"For sheer drama, few accounts of slavery match Solomon Northup's tale of abduction from freedom and forcible enslavement." --Ira Berlin, from the Introduction "When I read ["Twelve Years a Slave"] for the first time, it was like the first time I read Anne Frank's diary. And I wondered to myself, 'Why isn't this book on everyone's bookshelf.' . . . For me, it's a classic. It should be in every school." --Steve McQueen, director of the film adaptation of "Twelve Years a Slave, "in "Entertainment Weekly" "Frightening, gripping and inspiring . . . Northup's story seems almost biblical, structured as it is as a descent and resurrection narrative of a protagonist who, like Christ, was 33 at the time of his abduction. . . . Northup reminds us of the fragile nature of freedom in any human society and the harsh reality that whatever legal boundaries existed between so-called free states and slave states in 1841, no black man, woman or child was permanently safe." "--Henry Louis Gates, Jr., "The Root"" "A moving, vital testament to one of slavery's 'many thousands gone' who retained his humanity in the bowels of degradation. It is also a chilling insight into the 'peculiar institution.'" --"Saturday Review"

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Northup’s only written work is his autobiography, Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853, from a Cotton Plantation Near the Red River, in Louisiana (1853) Northup’s slave narrative, the tale of a free African American man who is kidnapped, sold into slavery, and lives as a slave for twelve years, was not only a best seller for its genre and time, it was revolutionary. Twelve Years a Slave is praised for its meticulous examination of slavery and plantation society, especially against the contrast to his previous life as a musician and citizen of New York. Northup’s story has also has also been cited as representative of slavery’s horrors and has been used to support the depictions in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Northup’s narrative is valuable or the accurate description of his experiences and defines many of the slave experiences that are known. Also included: A Study Guide.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1439 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Redemption Publishing L.L.C. (10 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HL0SF7M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,565 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential to understand the present 22 Jan 2014
The main interest of the book is of course the "autobiographical testimony" it contains. But this particular edition is enriched with notes and various appendices written by the two editors. These notes and appendices create a real perspective providing all available documents or press clippings about most elements the book contains and we cannot be aware of today. The people who are named are then expanded with concrete information and data about who they were and what they did. The events that are mentioned are thoroughly documented from the press of the time and from all available registers and alternative testimonies. The notes and appendices turn the "biographical testimony" into a document that can be considered as mostly truthful beyond the personal vision the author provides us with, for example the fact that he only sees one side of Louisiana as we will mention later, the American takeover and their practice of slavery as chattel exploitation. Solomon Northup could of course not know better and is well forced to ignore the French or Spanish conceptions.

As such this book is a phenomenal tool for people who really want to know what slavery was some 20 to 10 years before the Civil War in the American tradition. It provides us with a detailed description of the treatment, exploitation and management of slaves in the South, even if it only concerns the American side of Louisiana forty years after the Louisiana Purchase from Napoleon and France. What's more it provides us with a panorama of what the Northern states and their citizens could know about the practice of this peculiar institution in the Southern States since this book was published in 1853 and was quite successful at the time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars humbling 19 Oct 2013
By Lorenzo
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If you haven't read this, you should. It's as simple as that. A moving first hand testimony of inhumanity. Only 60% of this edition is the original work, the rest is a mix of newspaper and court records with commentary by Dr Eakin which attempts to present an epilogue to the first hand account of Solomon. The emotion is in his harrowing tale of abuse.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking 29 Jan 2014
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I knew that this book would be hard to read. It is written in Solomon's own words and firstly describes the good life he had with his wife and family as a free man. Without spoiling this for other readers by going into detail, he is betrayed and ends up in the hands of slave traders. He has different 'owners' some better than others. The description of the conditions endured by these human beings at the hands of others if heart rending and emotionally draining to read....The description of how Christmas was spent by the slaves was very they toiled all year and still managed to celebrate.

I cannot say I enjoyed this book, due to the content, but it demonstrates what the human spirit can endure and it also deserves to be read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly embarrassing 12 Jan 2014
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Read this book before you watch the movie... Amazingly readable considering it was written so long ago. Left me yet again questioning, how could humans treat other humans in such a deplorable, degrading and sickening way?We should all read this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deep and moving account 1 Dec 2013
Solomon Northup's Twelve Years a Slave is a well-written and a deep and moving story not only of man's depravity in his treatment of others, but also of the inner strength we all have and means we can harness to get out of different predicaments without dehumanizing ourselves in the process. Like the story of Josef in Disciples of Fortune, Solomon Northrup's book gives an amazing of Solomon's trials and tribulations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An authentic account of slavery 2 Mar 2014
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All credit to the author. This book was a moving, authentic account of his life as a free man taken into slavery. It portrays his life from his perspective and reflectively. I was thankful to be spared from a lot of gore and negativity as it is such an emotive topic. It made me cry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Man's inhumanity to man. 30 Jan 2014
By carol
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Thought it an excellent if harrowing story all the more so it being true.The author also showed surprising empathy toward the white mans thinking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve years of hell 25 Nov 2013
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For a book written in the 1850's by a man who did not get the sort of education one does today, this book was an excellent read with a personal insight of a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery. The descriptions of his experiences and of those he lived with for all those years was harrowing and moving.

I understand this book is going to be made into a film. I hope it reflects the hell that human beings sold into slavery experienced and makes people think especially as the spectre of slavery has come to the fore again all over the world.
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