Twelve Years a Slave (eBook)

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The harrowing true story that inspired the critically acclaimed film

The son of a freed slave, Solomon Northup lived the first thirty years of his life as a free man in upstate New York. In the spring of 1841, he was offered a job: a short-term, lucrative engagement as a violinist in a traveling circus. It was a trap. In Washington, DC, Northup was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years on plantations in Louisiana, enduring backbreaking labor, unimaginable violence, and inhumane treatment at the hands of cruel masters, until a kind stranger helped to win his release. His account of those years is a shocking, unforgettable portrait of America’s most insidious historical institution as told by a man who experienced it firsthand.

Published shortly after Harriet Beecher Stowe’s abolitionist classic Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Northup’s memoir became a bestseller in 1853. With its eloquent depiction of life before and after bondage, Twelve Years a Slave was a unique and effective entry into the national debate over slavery. Rediscovered in the 1960s and now the inspiration for a major motion picture, Northup’s poignant narrative gives readers an invaluable glimpse into a shameful chapter of American history.
 
This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices. 

The harrowing true story that inspired the critically acclaimed film

The son of a freed slave, Solomon Northup lived the first thirty years of his life as a free man in upstate New York. In the spring of 1841, he was offered a job: a short-term, lucrative engagement as a violinist in a traveling circus. It was a trap. In Washington, DC, Northup was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years on plantations in Louisiana, enduring backbreaking labor, unimaginable violence, and inhumane treatment at the hands of cruel masters, until a kind stranger helped to win his release. His account of those years is a shocking, unforgettable portrait of America’s most insidious historical institution as told by a man who experienced it firsthand.

Published shortly after Harriet Beecher Stowe’s abolitionist classic Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Northup’s memoir became a bestseller in 1853. With its eloquent depiction of life before and after bondage, Twelve Years a Slave was a unique and effective entry into the national debate over slavery. Rediscovered in the 1960s and now the inspiration for a major motion picture, Northup’s poignant narrative gives readers an invaluable glimpse into a shameful chapter of American history.
 
This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices. 


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    Interesting and eye opening. Men's hearts can be desperately wicked. Solomon Northup persevered through terrible cruelty and hopeless exi...

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    almost 5 years ago


  • 338186 151ab4796e16ddfffa0131732796efeamedium

    An amazing story told with wit and humility and understanding. I agree with Solomon Northrop that there is a higher tribunal that will me...

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    about 6 years ago


  • 388135 33abe55ada6faad06f27ea6b9606704bmedium

    What an amazing story, happy, sad, tearjerker but rewarding also. Can't wait to see the movie. God bless all who read this book.

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    about 6 years ago


  • Default avatar 52

    I'm enjoying this book very much. It is told without bitterness and the feelings that society owes the Negro forever..

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    about 6 years ago


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    May God continue to grant peace to all the generations of all that fought and saw to the abolition of slavery. This narrative has actuall...

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    about 6 years ago


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