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Twelve years a slave /

Solomon Northup ; foreword by Steve McQueen ; introduction by Ira Berlin ; general editor and afterword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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Main Author: Northup, Solomon
Other Names: Gates, Henry Louis, | Berlin, Ira, | McQueen, Steve,
Published: New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2013.
Series: Penguin classics.
Topics: Slaves - United States - Biography. | Slaves' writings, American. | African Americans - Biography. | Plantation life - Louisiana - History - 19th century. | Slavery - Louisiana - History - 19th century. | Plantation life - Louisiana - History - 19th century. | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY - Personal Memoirs. | HISTORY - United States - 19th Century. | SOCIAL SCIENCE - Ethnic Studies - African American Studies. | Esclavage - États-Unis - 19e siècle - Récits personnels. | Vie dans les plantations - États-Unis - Louisiane (États-Unis) - 19e siècle. | Slavery - Louisiana. - History. | Slaves - United States - Biography. | Plantation life - Louisiana. - History. | African Americans - Biography. | Northup, Solomon, 1808-1863. | Northup, Solomon, 1808-
Regions: Louisiana. | United States.
Genres: Biography. | History.
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Main Author: Northup, Solomon, 1808-1863.
Physical Description: xxxviii, 252 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Includes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 9780143125419

Summary: 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.
Notes: Originally published in 1853.
"Now a major motion picture."--Cover.
Other Names: Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.
Berlin, Ira, 1941-
McQueen, Steve, 1969-
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