Solomon Northup's Twelve Years A Slave: 1841-1853 by Sue EakinSolomon Northup's Twelve Years A Slave: 1841-1853 by Sue Eakin

Solomon Northup's Twelve Years A Slave: 1841-1853

bySue Eakin

Paperback | January 1, 1997

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Describes the life of Solomon Northup, a free Black man from Saratoga, N.Y., who was kidnapped in 1841 and forced into slavery in Louisiana for twelve years.
Title:Solomon Northup's Twelve Years A Slave: 1841-1853Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.85 × 5.97 × 0.65 inPublished:January 1, 1997Publisher:Pelican Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1565543440

ISBN - 13:9781565543447

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 13

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Background and context What follows is not a review, but simply some context: Checking on the web for information on Solomon Northup, I was startled to see his narrative of kidnapping and enslavement being recommended for children seven to nine years old. Northup's 1853 original is a violent and troubling story, and an exceptionally rich historical source for the study of slavery, commonly used in university seminars and even law school classes. But this is instead a version rewritten by one of the two academic editors of the scholarly edition, designed to draw a young reader into the experience of being held as a slave. The story itself implicitly poses the vivid question: what would you do if the law allowed the holding of property in men and women -- and you were one of those held as property? With that context in mind, this rewritten/abridged version is certainly worth a look -- though a parent may wish to read the unabridged version first.
Date published: 2008-03-09

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Describes the life of Solomon Northup, a free Black man from Saratoga, N.Y., who was kidnapped in 1841 and forced into slavery in Louisiana for twelve years.