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Twelve years a slave

by Northup, Solomon, 1808-1863?

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Location Collection Call #
Wilkinsburg Public Library Nonfiction BLACK HISTORY 306.3 NOR 2007
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
 
Collection  Nonfiction
 
Call Number  BLACK HISTORY 306.3 NOR 2007
 
 
Summary
Twelve Years a Slave, a chronicle of the amazing ordeal of a free African-American kidnapped in the north, and impressed into slavery in Louisiana, is one of the most compelling and detailed slave narratives in existence. The text and story were virtually unchallenged by Southern apologists or partisans of the era. Northup resists the urge to laud himself as an exemplary character or focus solely his own experience, giving contemporary readers a remarkable account of the lives of the slave community as a whole. As an educated man, torn from freedom and plunged into slavery, he brings into horrible and tantalizingly exact clarity the life and labor of slaves in the antebellum American South, the complex economic choices and ironic moral concessions of slaveholding, and the calamitous effect of slavery on the foundations of civilization.
Additional Information
Series Barnes & Noble Library of essential reading.
Subjects Northup, Solomon, -- 1808-1863?
Slaves -- United States -- Biography.
Slaves' writings, American.
African Americans -- Biography.
Plantation life -- Louisiana -- History -- 19th century.
Slavery -- Louisiana -- History -- 19th century.
Publisher New York :Barnes & Noble,2007
Language English
Notes Originally published: Auburn, N.Y. : Derby and Miller, 1853.
Description xvi, 217 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780760783344 (pbk.)
0760783349 (pbk.)
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