Twelve Years a Slave - Enhanced Edition by Dr. Sue Eakin Based on a Lifetime Project. New Info, Images, Maps Paperback – 6 Sep 2013
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About the Author
SOLOMON NORTHUP was born in 1808 and lived as a free man in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his wife and three children until his capture and enslavement in 1841. He was one of very few who were able to regain their freedom after being kidnapped and sold into slavery. After he returned to New York, he published his memoir and became an active abolitionist, lecturing throughout the Northeast about his experiences.
Dr. Sue Eakin saw her first copy of Solomon Northup's Twelve Years a Slave: 1841-1853 when she was twelve years old. Years later, as a graduate student at Louisiana State University, she chose the book as the topic for her thesis. A resident of Bunkie, Louisiana, near the plantation where the events in the book take place, Dr. Eakin also is coauthor of Pelican's textbook, Louisiana: The Land and Its People, now in its fifth edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Solomon provides us with his perspective and experience of the institution of slavery as well as describing many of the things he saw during his captivity. The editor's extensive background information included in the enhanced edition complements Solomon's narrative nicely.
Much of the information contained in the book has also been verified, as far as has been possible, with an intervening gap of around 150 years, and a Civil War.
There are even court transcripts and details of legal action taken against those responsible for Solomon's suffering - information which highlighted the inability of coloured people of that time to get legal justice for such grave crimes against them!
The author, Sue Eakin, has very on obviously devoted a great deal of time and effort to finding further information to add to Solomon Northup's own narrative, as her added information fills close to half the finished book, and is a historians gold mine. There is even a website devoted to the book and its subject matter.
Sue Eakins further research has completely supported Solomon's narrative, whereas, if read alone, could have been considered a work of fiction, similar to Uncle Tom's Cabin, which had acquired greater popularity, both at the time, and since.
If you want to delve deeper into the entire story of Solomon, his experiences, and the entire slavery issue, then this is the version of "Twelve Years a Slave" that you need to read. I can't imagine that anyone else could have done any better or delved deeper than Sue Eakin.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having read the kindle edition which was infinitely preferable to the film ,I subsequently read about this edition and the supporting details,maps and newspaper items made the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by John S. McDonald
What a truly amazing story. I stayed up late to finish reading this book and then went to see the film. I found myself shouting out loud at times as if Solomon could hear me! Read morePublished 23 months ago by A Joseph
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