Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup (Illustrated Edition) by Solomon Northup

Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup (Illustrated Edition)

bySolomon Northup

Kobo ebook | March 26, 2012

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Slavery existed long before the United States of America was founded, but so did opposition to slavery. Both flourished after the founding of the country, and the anti-slavery movement was known as abolition. For many abolitionists, slavery was the preeminent moral issue of the day, and their opposition to slavery was rooted in deeply held religious beliefs. Quakers formed a significant part of the abolitionist movement in colonial times, as did certain Founding Fathers like Benjamin Franklin. Many other prominent opponents of slavery based their opposition in Enlightenment ideals and natural law. American abolitionists during the Constitutional Convention worked against the three-fifths compromise, and also attempted to get the Constitution to ban the Atlantic slave trade. Although the three-fifths compromise became a part of the Constitution, abolitionists managed to persuade the convention to allow Congress to ban the Atlantic slave trade after 1808. Other abolitionists tried to help slaves directly, by helping them escape to the North. After the Fugitive Slave Act mandated the return of escaped slaves, abolitionists helped escaped slaves travel to Canada. In addition, many northern politicians opposed restricting slavery as either practically impossible or dangerous. In the years after the Atlantic slave trade was banned in 1808, abolitionists focused their political efforts on preventing the spread of slavery to the new territory of the Louisiana Purchase. Pro-slavery politicians likewise attempted to spread slavery to new states. Every time a new state formed from Louisiana territory was to enter the Union, intense political wrangling took place over whether the new state would be slave or free. The political wrangling often broke into violence. By the middle of the 19th century, slavery had created a fevered pitch in the politics of the country, as abolitionists and slavery proponents fought a war of words and actual wars in Kansas and Nebraska. While the South postured for secession, abolitionists, both white and black, created a stronger movement in the Northeast in places like Boston. Ultimately the issue would have to be settled via civil war. Solomon Northup was born a free black man. When he was about 30 years old, he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841, while in Washington, DC., within sight of the Capitol. Stripped of his papers, his name, his family, and all that he knew, he was sent to Lousiana and sold. He was finally rescued 12 years later. Published soon after Uncle Toms Cabin, Northups narrative is a harrowing first-hand account of the institution of slavery. This edition of Twelve Years A Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup is specially formatted with a Table of Contents and pictures of famous abolitionists like Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and more.
Title:Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup (Illustrated Edition)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:March 26, 2012Publisher:Charles River EditorsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1475304609

ISBN - 13:9781475304602

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The commencement of this book takes the reader to a world of family and everyday tasks. We do not come to understand the very importance of the writers life until we read about the lepers that kidnapped him and brought him unwillingly to the depths of hell of earth. Northrup provides us with his account of what it is like to be a slave. We come to understand the inside life of a slave through the eyes of a former free man, His tribulations make the reader truly grateful to be born in an era that no longer condones slavery but deplores it, I couldn't put this book down. All i wanted was to share the freedom that the writer so anticipated and it overwhelmed me to read that Northrup found it through the good will of a fellow Canadian. It made me so proud to know that my Country did not have any associations whatsoever with Slavery. I was elated to think that Northrup was re-acquainted with his beloved Anne and family,
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 12 Years A Slave This book is so powerful. I absolutely recommend it to anyone, people who are aware of the effects of slavery and people cool want to learn more about it. This book is so eloquently written, some passages remind me of poetry. Kobo made this book super easy to read and I could hardly put it down.
Date published: 2013-08-10