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SOLOMON NORTHUP (1808 - ca. 1857) was a free-­born African American from Saratoga Springs, New York. His memoir, TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE, recounts his kidnapping in 1841 and sale into slavery, where he was kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana before the American Civil War. The book provides details of slave markets in Washington, DC, as well as describing at length cotton cultivation on major plantations in Louisiana. Northup was rescued in 1853.

Published soon after Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Northup's book sold 30,­000 copies and was an immediate bestseller. It went through several editions in the nineteenth century. Supporting Stowe's fictional narrative in detail, Northup’s first-­hand account of his twelve years of bondage contributed to the national political debate over slavery leading up to the Civil War, drawing endorsements from major Northern newspapers, anti-­slavery organizations, and evangelical groups.

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Solomon Northup was born a free man in New York State. At the age of 33 he was kidnapped in Washington D.­C. and placed in an underground slave pen. Northup was transported by ship to New Orleans where he was sold into slavery. He spent the next 12 years working as a carpenter, driver, and cotton picker. This narrative reveals how Northup survived the harsh conditions of slavery, including smallpox, lashings, and an attempted hanging. Solomon Northup was among a select few who were freed from slavery. His account describes the daily life of slaves in Louisiana, their diet and living conditions, the relationship between master and slave, and how slave catchers used to recapture runaways. Northup's first person account published in 1853, was a dramatic story in the national debate over slavery that took place in the nine years leading up to the start of the American Civil War

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Solomon Northup was born a free man in New York State. At the age of 33 he was kidnapped in Washington D.­C. and placed in an underground slave pen. Northup was transported by ship to New Orleans where he was sold into slavery. He spent the next 12 years working as a carpenter, driver, and cotton picker. This narrative reveals how Northup survived the harsh conditions of slavery, including smallpox, lashings, and an attempted hanging. Solomon Northup was among a select few who were freed from slavery. His account describes the daily life of slaves in Louisiana, their diet and living conditions, the relationship between master and slave, and how slave catchers used to recapture runaways. Northup's first person account published in 1853, was a dramatic story in the national debate over slavery that took place in the nine years leading up to the start of the American Civil War.

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Kidnapped into slavery in 1841, Northup spent 12 years in captivity. This autobiographical memoir represents an exceptionally detailed and accurate description of slave life and plantation society.

"A moving, vital testament to one of slavery's 'many thousand gone' who retained his humanity in the bowels of degradation.­"

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Dies ist Band 2 der Trilogie "Zwölf Jahre Ein Sklave", die detailgetreue Übersetzung des Bestsellers "12 Years A Slave", verfilmt 2013, bereits heute ausgezeichnet mit dem Golden Globe als Bester Film und einer der ersten Anwärter auf den Oscar. N...

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About Northup:

Solomon Northup was a free-­born African American from New York, the son of a freed slave. A farmer and violinist, he owned a property in Hebron. In 1841 he was kidnapped by slave-­traders, having been enticed with a job offer as a violinist. When he accompanied his supposed employers to Washington, DC, they drugged him and sold him as a slave. He was shipped to New Orleans where he was sold to a plantation owner in Louisiana. He was held in the Red River region of Louisiana by several different owners for 12 years, during which time his friends and family had no word of him. He made repeated attempts to escape and get messages out of the plantation. Eventually he got news to his family, who contacted friends and enlisted the Governor of New York, Washington Hunt, to his cause. He regained his freedom in January 1853 and returned to his family in New York.

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Northup’s only written work is his autobiography, Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853, from a Cotton Plantation Near the Red River, in Louisiana (1853) Northup’s slave narrative, the tale of a free African American man who is kidnapped, sold into slavery, and lives as a slave for twelve years, was not only a best seller for its genre and time, it was revolutionary. Twelve Years a Slave is praised for its meticulous examination of slavery and plantation society, especially against the contrast to his previous life as a musician and citizen of New York. Northup’s story has also has also been cited as representative of slavery’s horrors and has been used to support the depictions in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Northup’s narrative is valuable or the accurate description of his experiences and defines many of the slave experiences that are known. Also included: A Study Guide.

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" It is a mistaken opinion that prevails in some quarters that the slave does not understand the term— does not comprehend the idea of freedom. Even on Bayou Boeuf, where I conceive slavery exists in its most abject and cruel form—where it exhibits features altogether unknown in more northern States— the most ignorant of them generally know full well its meaning.­" (Solomon Northup)

"In the following pages, the words slave and slavery are not used in the sense commonly understood by the abolitionists. With them these terms are contradistinguished from servants and servitude. According to their definition, a slave is merely a "chattel" in a human form; a thing to be bought and sold, and treated worse than a brute; a being without rights, privileges, or duties. Now, if this is a correct definition of the word, we totally object to the term, and deny that we have any such institution as slavery among us.­" (MISS PORT GIBSON)

Two ways of thinking, one topic: slavery. Discover a . . .

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Now a Major Motion Picture

Twelve Years a Slave is the true account of a free man captured and sold into slavery. Drugged and kidnapped in Washington in 1841, Solomon endures more than a decade in slavery.

Solomon Northup published this harrowing account in 1853 and still today it remains an insightful look into America's past.

This E-­book edition includes illustrations.

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Solomon Northup è un afroamericano, libero cittadino degli Stati Uniti. Nel 1841 arriva a Washington in cerca di lavoro; qui viene ingannato con una finta proposta e trascinato con la forza negli Stati del Sud per essere venduto come schiavo. Northup trascorre così dodici anni di fatiche e umiliazioni brutali nelle piantagioni della Louisiana, finché riesce, grazie a un avventuroso salvataggio, a riconquistare la libertà. Scritto in tre mesi con l’aiuto di un avvocato bianco e pubblicato nel 1853, anno della liberazione, 12 Years a Slave è il resoconto lucido e crudo di quella terribile esperienza. Oggi, per ricchezza di dettagli e fedeltà nelle descrizioni, il libro è considerato una risorsa fondamentale per capire la storia dello schiavismo americano nell’epoca precedente la Guerra di Secessione: una testimonianza toccante e preziosa, perché resa da uno dei pochi che riuscirono ad affrancarsi dalle catene, dopo aver vissuto la schiavitù con l’animo di un uomo libero. Nel 2013 . . .

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