Twelve Years a Slave (Illustrated)
Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853
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Twelve Years a Slave, sub-title: Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana, is a memoir by Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson. It is a slave narrative of a black man who was born free in New York state but kidnapped in Washington, D.C., sold into slavery, and kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana. He provided details of slave markets in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, as well as describing at length cotton and sugar cultivation on major plantations in Louisiana.
A real life interrupted
This true tale and narrative takes the reader on a journey that starts with New Yorker Solomon Northup's happy life with his wife and children and plunges all into the hell that is slavery in the 1850's. Northup is enslavement is deftly told, both the horrors and the kindnesses that come his way. He is repeatedly challenged and yet holds up hope to ulitmately survive his ordeal in Louisiana. Solomon lived his slave life in the
company of brutal men, but was fortunate to have had relationships with good men
who came to his rescue. In this book his spirit lives on.
The horrors, that this man and others, endured, are so wrong as to make me wonder how any civilized person, let alone a nation, could believe them to be allowable. His tale has waited too long to be heard.
Twelve Years a Slave
A must read. This is a horrible true injustice brought on to an incredible human being that never gave up hope. I cried so many times realizing that this had happened to so many unfortunate innocent human beings based on the color of their skin! Can't wait to see the movie because we all need to acknowledge this grotesque brutality of human beings.
- Category: United States
- Published: Mar 16, 2014
- Publisher: Mustbe Interactive
- Seller: Mustbe Interactive
- Print Length: 319 Pages
- Language: English