Twelve years a slave

Twelve years a slave

Northup, Solomon, 1808-1863?


Publication Information
New York, NY : Penguin Books, 2013.

Physical Description
xxxviii, 240 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.

General Note
Originally published in 1853.

Personal Subject
Northup, Solomon, 1808-1863?

Subject Term
Slaves -- United States -- Biography.
Slaves' writings, American.
African Americans -- Biography.
Plantation life -- Louisiana -- History -- 19th century.
Slavery -- Louisiana -- History -- 19th century.

Added Author
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.
Berlin, Ira, 1941-2018

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.

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Hardwood Creek Library (Forest Lake)Book306.362 NOR11Nonfiction Collection
Oakdale LibraryBook306.362 NOR11Nonfiction Collection
Stillwater Public LibraryBook306.362 NOR11Nonfiction Collection
Wildwood Library (Mahtomedi)Book306.362 NOR11Nonfiction Collection