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Twelve Years a Slave : Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853

by Northup, Solomon, 1808-1863?,

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
Location Collection Call #
Brentwood Library Nonfiction 306.362 Northup
Location  Brentwood Library
 
Collection  Nonfiction
 
Call Number  306.362 Northup
 
 
Sewickley Public Library Biography B NORTHUP 2013
Location  Sewickley Public Library
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  B NORTHUP 2013
 
 
South Park Library Biographies 306.362 NOR
Location  South Park Library
 
Collection  Biographies
 
Call Number  306.362 NOR
 
 
Wilkinsburg Public Library - Eastridge Biography 92 N
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library - Eastridge
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  92 N
 
 
Summary
The story that inspired the major motion picture, with an introduction by the bestselling author of Wench , Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing, vividly detailed, and utterly unforgettable account of slavery.

The story that inspired the major motion picture, with an introduction by the bestselling author of Wench , Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing, vividly detailed, and utterly unforgettable account of slavery.

Solomon Northup was an entrepreneur and dedicated family man, father to three young children, Elizabeth, Margaret, and Alonzo. What little free time he had after long days of manual and farm labor he spent reading books and playing the violin. Though his father was born into slavery, Solomon was born and lived free.

In March 1841, two strangers approached Northup, offering him employment as a violinist in a town hundreds of miles away from his home in Saratoga Springs, New York. Solomon bid his wife farewell until his return. Only after he was drugged and bound did he realize the strangers were kidnappers--that nefarious brand of criminals in the business of capturing runaway and free blacks for profit. Thus began Northup's horrific life as a slave.

Dehumanized, beaten, and worked mercilessly, Northup suffered all the more, wondering what had become of his family. One owner was savagely cruel and Northup recalls he was "indebted to him for nothing, save undeserved abuse." Just as he felt the summer of his life fade and all hope nearly lost, he met a kindhearted stranger who changed the course of his life.

With its firsthand account of this country's Peculiar Institution, this is a book no one interested in American history can afford to miss.
Additional Information
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, NY :2013
Edition First 37 Ink / Atria Books hardcover edition.
Other Titles 12 years a slave
Contributors Perkins-Valdez, Dolen.
Language English
Notes "Originally published in 1853 as 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."--Title page verso.
Includes a readers club guide questions for discussion.
Description xii, 300 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page [304]).
ISBN 9781476767345 (hardcover)
1476767343 (hardcover)
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