Twelve Years A Slave

Paperback | January 14, 2014

bySolomon Northup

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Now a major motion picture directed by Steve McQueen and starring Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Paul Giamatti

12 Years a Slave is a riveting true account of a free man captured and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War South. Solomon Northup's narrative explores one of the darkest times in American history and captures in vivid detail the unimaginable realities of slavery.

In 1841, the educated musician Solomon Northup, a free man living in New York who is cruelly deceived by the promise of a job in Washington, is drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery. Once Solomon arrives in New Orleans, he is given a slave name and soon realizes that any mention of his rights as a free man is sure to bring cruel punishment or death. Denied his freedom and ripped away from his family, he spends twelve emotionally and physically gruelling years on a Louisiana cotton plantation enduring the hardships and brutalities of life as a slave. When Solomon eventually finds a sympathizing friend, a daring rescue is attempted that could either end in Solomon's death or restore his freedom and reunite him with his family.

When Solomon Northup published this harrowing account of slavery in 1853, it immediately stirred up controversy in the national debate over slavery, helping to sway public opinion in favour of abolition. His book 12 Years a Slave remains one of the most insightful, detailed, and eloquent depictions of slavery in America. It demonstrates the extraordinary resilience of one man's spirit in the face of extreme suffering and his incredible will to survive.

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Now a major motion picture directed by Steve McQueen and starring Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Paul Giamatti 12 Years a Slave is a riveting true account of a free man captured and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War South. Solomon Northup's narrative explores one of the darkest times in ...

SOLOMON NORTHUPwas 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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:January 14, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443434892

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from . Excellent story enlightening everyone to the issue of enslaving other human beings.
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Twelve years a slave What a great read.so much history and in site into slavery.
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow Quite a challenging read at times due to the 'olde' language and terminology. Very descriptive. I could visualise everyone, everything and everywhere. Hope the film doesn't disappoint.
Date published: 2014-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wonderful piece of history Obviously not written by a professional but still a great read. The story of a freeman before the Civil War who is stolen from his home and family to spend the next 12 years in slavery before a miraculous return to family and freedom.
Date published: 2014-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mr A very good read. Now to watch the film
Date published: 2014-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read to reflect upon. I read this book in bouts of a chapter or two, reflecting on the words written; Mr. Solomon Northrup gave me great pause as his twelve years a slave. May god rest his soul and those of his family.
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Twelve years a slave Wonderful, moving account of a life lived at a time when slavery was seen by many as an acceptable evil.
Date published: 2014-01-28

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Praise for 12 Years a Slave:"A moving, vital testament to one of slavery's 'many thousands gone' who retained his humanity in the bowels of degradation." - Saturday Review"When I read [12 Years a Slave] for the first time, it was like the first time I read Anne Frank's diary. And I wondered to myself, 'Why isn't this book on everyone's bookshelf.' . . . For me, it's a classic. It should be in every school." -Steve McQueen, director of the film adaptation of 12 Years a Slave, in Entertainment Weekly"Frightening, gripping and inspiring. . . . Northup reminds us of the fragile nature of freedom in any human society and the harsh reality that whatever legal boundaries existed between so-called free states and slave states in 1841, no black man, woman or child was permanently safe." - The Root