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12 Years a Slave (With the Original Artwork): Solomon Northup - Born a free man, sold into slavery and kept in bondage for 12 years [Kindle Edition]

Solomon Northup

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12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup With The Original Artwork


Twelve Years a Slave is the true story of Solomon Northup, born a freeman in New York, but kidnaped in Washington D.C. and sold into slavery. Northup was kept in bondage for 12 years, until being able to write to friends and family who secured his release.

Twelve Years a Slave is currently #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List and was the inspiration for the Oscar winning film 12 Years a Slave,

Solomon Northup's memoir Twelve Years a Slave provides extensive details about the slave markets in Washington D.C. and New Orleans, the horrors of life on the plantations, and the cruel treatment of the slaves, as well as describing the cotton and sugar cultivation on main plantations in Louisiana.

Solomon Northup’s slave narrative Twelve Years a Slave was rediscovered in the 1960's, after being forgotten for about 100 years.

Written by a man who had lived as a free man for more than thirty years before being forced into slavery, Twelve Years a Slave memoir was put on paper one year after Solomon Northup’s release, soon after Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Solomon Northup’s true story was taken by abolitionist groups as an instrument to support the fight against slavery.

In 2013, Twelve Years a Slave was adapted into a motion picture entitled 12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen and produced by Brad Pitt, who also played a supporting role in the movie. 12 Years a Slave won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1101 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J195KHE
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #447,886 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve years a slave 11 April 2014
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A very good book, entertaining yet touching, this book afforded us by the amazing man who lived it will always convince me and keep me aware of how brutal and uncaring that mankind could and still can be to one another. God created us let us live in unity and service to him and not suffer pain upon his children that we may live with him eternally. DMR
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5.0 out of 5 stars 12 Years a Slave 9 April 2014
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Was written by Solomon Northrup, a free black man from Glen Falls, NY who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. The movie which won an oscar for best picture in 2014 follows the book very closely. This book reveals the horrors of slavery. It is very well written and reveals the experience of the author. It is worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't prepared for a documentary as I'm not a fan but this was so well written I read it anyway and was happy I did so 3 July 2014
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I wanted to read the book after seeing the movie. Wasn't prepared for a documentary as I'm not a fan but this was so well written I read it anyway and was happy I did so. What a great story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outrageous Kidnapping, Long-Delayed Rescue in the Nick of Time 8 May 2014
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The true story of a free American Negro from upstate New York who is kidnapped by slavers on a trip to the nation's capital in the years before the Civil War. Illegally sold (surprisingly, even Southern states forbade the sale of free Negroes--but Solomon Northup's freedom papers were stolen by his captors), Northup was moved to Louisiana, where he was purchased by a kind master, to whom he gives due credit. The master falling into debt, his slaves, including Northup, were sold at to settle the debt. Helpless in the face of inhumane slave codes, Northup was moved to a succession of cruel and tyrannical masters, each one worse than the one before. Finally a sympathetic white man smuggles a letter (risking murder) to Northup's wife and former whire neighbors in New York State, and rescue comes just in time to save Northup from being shot or flogged to death. This book should be required reading for all those who sentimentalize about slavery and believe that slaves were treated kindly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written. 19 Sept. 2014
By Pamela J. Elkins - Published on
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Just another story that proves that man is hopeless. Well written and sickeningly interesting. This happened a long time ago but it could happen again in a heartbeat. In fact slavery and human trafficking is still going on. I hope the saying that good will conquer evil holds true. Probably only people who don't need this lesson are the ones who read it. Very scary statements on mankind in general!
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