Twelve Years A Slave

Northup, Solomon

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Twelve Years A Slave
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Perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. It recounts how Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, was lured to Washington, D.C., in 1841 with the promise of fast money, then drugged and beaten and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity on a Louisiana cotton plantation. After his rescue, Northup published this exceptionally vivid and detailed account of slave life. It became an immediate bestseller and today is recognized for its unusual insight and eloquence as one of the very few portraits of American slavery produced by someone as educated as Solomon Northup, or by someone with the dual perspective of having been both a free man and a slave.--Page [4] of cover.

Publisher: New York, NY : Penguin Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780143125419
0143125419
Branch Call Number: 306.362 N878t 2013
Characteristics: xxxviii, 240 pages :,illustrations ;,20 cm
Alternate Title: 12 years a slave

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A harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, was lured to Washington, D.C., in 1841 with the promise of fast money, then drugged and beaten and sold into slavery.

A harrowing memoir recounts how Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, was lured to Washington, D.C., in 1841 with the promise of fast money, then drugged and beaten and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity on a Louisiana cotton plantation.


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Mar 25, 2015
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very interesting book. A look into the life of a slave from a first hand account.

Jan 04, 2015
  • mary498 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Man's inhumanity to man will never cease to amaze, astound and sicken me. Having said that, an amazing account of one man's resilience, unending hope and faith in God during our country's darkest days.

Aug 13, 2014
  • readsalot80 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great book about a free black man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. He wrote this after he was rescued. Its hard to imagine what he went through to survive. This book should be mandatory reading in high school.

Jul 09, 2014

July 5, 2014....Just starting this book, and so far it's great..........July 9, only about 60 pages left. Where has this little gem been hiding. I can hardly wait to watch the movie, I just checked out the trailer and it looks great. So glad that I read the book first tho. I love Northup's story telling style. To those people who call non-fiction "boring research books," you have to check this out. It will open your eyes!

Jul 09, 2014

July 5, 2014....Just starting this book, and so far it's great..........July 9, only about 60 pages left. Where has this little gem been hiding. I can hardly wait to watch the movie, I just checked out the trailer and it looks great. So glad that I read the book first tho. I love Northup's story telling style. To those people who call non-fiction "boring research books," you have to check this out. It will open your eyes!

Jun 19, 2014

With all the hoopla surrounding the movie, I figured I’d better at least gain some idea of Solomon’s story. Being an inveterate nerd, I reached for the book instead. Now that I’ve read it, I don’t think I’m going to watch the film. My imagination painted Solomon’s story in all-too-vivid detail while I read and I have no need to revisit some of the more graphic scenes.

Apr 08, 2014

If you're on the lengthy wait list for this eBook, wait no longer. It is freely available online. One site is the University of North Carolina, which is a text version. Another is archive dot org, which has a scan of the original book. The wonders of the internet.

This is a fascinating read. Don't miss it.

Feb 24, 2014
  • Salander rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent read. This book brings home the experience so one feels a part of the carefully explained scene. I truly felt the weight of the 400+ years of slavery after reading this account which spanned only 12 years

Jan 10, 2014
  • kigersthree rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I borrowed the ebook, not the book ( http://download.maineinfonet.org/A5348EB6-AE77-46AD-B06B-B41C4612A528/10/50/en/ContentDetails.htm?id=093D88D1-507F-4C98-87FC-D3D39C414E38 ), Not sure why the ebook doesn't show up in search ....

Anyway! the text of Twelve Years is incredible. The preface by Gates, and the intro by Berlin are both interesting. But if you have the chance, read Dr. Sue Eakin's edition. Besides the complete text of Twelve Years, Dr. Eakin also includes over 100 pages of additional material, including what happened after the book ended, maps, photos, etc.

Dec 20, 2013
  • Jane60201 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I thought this was an amazing book about a true life situation that was written by someone with the education to describe his experiences objectively.

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Jan 04, 2015
  • mary498 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An amazing account of a "free" black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Solomon was educated and after his eventual rescue, was able to write about his twelve years in captivity. Excellent narrative and true to the language and events of the time period.

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