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Twelve Years A Slave Kindle Edition
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First published in 1853 the base line for the book charts the story of Solomon Northup. He was born in Minerva, New York in July 1808, to a liberated slave and his wife. Northup's life as a a free man and brilliant musician takes up the first part of this very powerful short book. In 1841 an encounter he had outside Washington DC with two men "Merrill Brown and Abram Hamilton" changes everything. They essentially kidnap him and sell him into slavery. This base duplicity leads to the telling of a story of a free man forced into bondage and its horrors. He is sold to the notorious Washington-based slave trader James H.Read more ›
One great thing about this story is Solomon's generosity of spirit. He speaks kindly of one of his masters, suggesting that he had no choice but to be a slaver because he had been raised to that way of life and all his money was tied up in the trade but that at least he was good to his slaves. Steve McQueen suggested that that slaver was actually the worst of all because he knew it was wrong but carried on owning people.
A rare first hand account by an educated man - most slaves didn't get the chance to learn their letters and tell their stories.
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Definitely recommend this book, factual & mind blowing. Very well writtenPublished 13 days ago by xTara
A must read. .. so beautifully penned and unbelievably gentle. Mr Northup manages to channel the rage and injustice he must have harbored against his captors and tormentors for so... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Roisin Tolcher
Read the book after the film reviews. In places I found it a bit on the slow side. Nevertheless, a truly harrowing story.Published 27 days ago by C J Dowdeswell
A unique , first hand account of how someone leading a reasonably prosperous life with his family could be drugged , kidnapped and sold into slavery for really big bucks - $1k in... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
A shocking true story of the life of slaves in America in the 19th century. Solomon Northup describes how he was a freeman but was tricked into going somewhere "for work"... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Gripping story, made all the more so because it's a true story. Not very often I read a book twice. But I shall read this again.Published 1 month ago by Susan Heer