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Twelve Years a Slave: Plus Five American Slave Narratives (Illustrated) [Hardcover]

Solomon Northup , David Wilson , N. Orr
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14 Jan 2014
Solomon Northup was born a free man in New York State. At the age of 33 he was kidnapped in Washington D.C. and placed in an underground slave pen. Northup was transported by ship to New Orleans where he was sold into slavery. He spent the next 12 years working as a carpenter, driver, and cotton picker. This narrative reveals how Northup survived the harsh conditions of slavery, including smallpox, lashings, and an attempted hanging. Solomon Northup was among a select few who were freed from slavery. His account describes the daily life of slaves in Louisiana, their diet and living conditions, the relationship between master and slave, and how slave catchers used to recapture runaways. Northup's first person account published in 1853, was a dramatic story in the national debate over slavery that took place in the nine years leading up to the start of the American Civil War. Also included are five American narratives from former slaves.


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  • Hardcover: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Sapling Books (14 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1927970245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1927970249
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 699,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars 12 Years a Slave 8 May 2014
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Excellent book, better than the film, the 5 slave narratives included in this version was really interesting and captivating reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars See the film and buy the book. 28 April 2014
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A superbly well-written account of one man's experience of being: kidnapped; sold like a chattel; subjected to all the horrors inherent in a viciously cruel system of agricultural production and inhumane exploitation. See the film and buy the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the film! 14 Feb 2014
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The film concentrates on the violence meted out on the slaves. I could not watch it all. The book gives a wonderfully rounded picture of the whole event - still an horrific thing to happen to solomon but written in a way that allowed me to engage properly with the various characters. Gave more insight into the differing characters of the various slave owners - and told about those who tried to help him along the way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A reminder of what was and what still is! 2 Feb 2014
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This was a new voice to me and it was very frank and difficult to bear at times. I loved this book and wish many people could read and learn from it. The references to Uncle Tom was very powerful as it encapsulated the pity and neglected view of those held in bondage ! I also liked the additional stories/interviews of former slaves and how indoctrinated and imprisoned mentally they still were even after all those years "free"! What did freedom really do for them??? They felt alienated and disenfranchised by the new America - ironically, a feeling , many still feel today.
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