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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]

Solomon Northup , Redemption Publishing
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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 (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,051 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 moving...how 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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4.0 out of 5 stars An authentic account of slavery 2 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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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2.0 out of 5 stars 12 years a slave 30 May 2014
By Nell
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I tried reading this book, but found it very hard going. Normally once started I finished, but sadly not in this case.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve Years a Slave 31 Jan 2014
By Chris H
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Brilliant reading, just hope the film lives up to the book.
Leaves you wanting more, once picked up unable to put down
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5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging read 16 Jun 2014
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Better than the film - the full stkory is challenging and gives encouragement to take up the challenge to make abolish slavery today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 12 Years A Slave 6 Jun 2014
By Poppy
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This book made very depressing reading, that people could act so inhumane to one another. I was well aware of the way the slave trade worked but it was still not pleasant to read about it. It was a story that needed to be told.
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