Twelve Years a Slave, sub-title: Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana, is a memoir by Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson.
It is a slave narrative of a black man who was born free in New York state but kidnapped in Washington, D.C., sold into slavery, and kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana. He provided details of slave markets in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, as well as describing at length cotton and sugar cultivation on major plantations in Louisiana.
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Excellent book.....many typos though.
What am amazing story. I was quite disappointed with the numerous typos in the book and the fact that it appears spell check only was used. There were numerous words that should not have been included if only a person had proofed the book. Other than that, the story held my attention and for that, I give the book five stars.
A real life interrupted
This true tale and narrative takes the reader on a journey that starts with New Yorker Solomon Northup's happy life with his wife and children and plunges all into the hell that is slavery in the 1850's. Northup is enslavement is deftly told, both the horrors and the kindnesses that come his way. He is repeatedly challenged and yet holds up hope to ulitmately survive his ordeal in Louisiana. Solomon lived his slave life in the
company of brutal men, but was fortunate to have had relationships with good men
who came to his rescue. In this book his spirit lives on.
The horrors, that this man and others, endured, are so wrong as to make me wonder how any civilized person, let alone a nation, could believe them to be allowable. His tale has waited too long to be heard.