Twelve Years a Slave is an memoir and slave narrative by American Solomon Northup as . Twelve Years a Slave is in the public domain; e-book versions can be downloaded from several sites and many reprints are still in print by. Twelve Years a Slave book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Twelve Years a Slave, sub-title: Narrative of Solomon North. Praise. “I could not believe that I had never heard of this book. It felt as important as Anne Frank's Diary, only published nearly a hundred years before.

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In doing so, he dares skeptics to refute his story, knowing that public records and common knowledge would defend it.

For example, when Northup accuses a wicked slave trader of keeping him captive in Washington, D. The result?

Additionally, the accuracy of and factual detail in 12 Years a Slave have kept this book prominent as a reliable historical reference on slavery for more than years since it first debuted. The slave himself or herself is degraded, made to suffer awful torments, and cruelly robbed of physical, emotional, and spiritual riches.

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Still, the slave is not the only one who suffers. By participating in slavery, the master is morally degraded and emotionally desensitized.

His religion is made hypocrisy. Solomon is put up for sale, but his sale is delayed when he contracts smallpox, which nearly kills him. After he finally recovers, he is sold, along with a slave girl named Eliza, to a man named William Ford.

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Ford is a kindly master, devout in his Christian faith, and given to generosity toward his slaves. Solomon is well-liked by Ford in return. However, a series of financial missteps result in Ford selling Platt to a cruel carpenter named John M.

While working on a project, Tibeats becomes so enraged that he attempts to whip Platt. Platt is the stronger of the two, though, and he turns the tables on his new master, whipping him instead. Hell-bent on revenge, Tibeats twice attempts to murder Platt. Only the intervention of William Ford and his overseer, Mr.

Epps is indeed a cruel master. A whip is his constant companion, and he uses it almost daily on his slaves. They found his father's freeman's decree, and the case files for the legal work that restored Northup's freedom and prosecuted his abductors. In , Eakin and Logsdon's thoroughly annotated edition of the original book was published by Louisiana State University Press, shedding new light on Northup's account and establishing its historic significance.

That book has been widely used by scholars and in classrooms for more than 40 years, and is still in print. In , Logsdon was invited by scholars in upstate New York to participate in a search for Solomon's grave.

However, bad weather prevented the search that year, and Logsdon died the following June In , shortly before her death at age 90, Eakin completed an updated and expanded version of their book; it includes more than pages of new background material, maps, and photographs. In , e-book and audiobook versions of her final definitive edition were released in her honor. Historian Jesse Holland noted in a interview that he had relied on Northup's memoir and detailed description of Washington in to identify the location of some slave markets in the capital.

Holland has also researched the roles of African-American slaves who, as skilled laborers, helped build some of the important public buildings in Washington, including the Capitol and part of the original Executive Mansion. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the memoir.

For other uses, see Twelve Years a Slave disambiguation. Dewey Decimal. Scene at the New Orleans slave pen. Excerpt from Ch. Derby , "William H. Twelve Years a Slave: Retrieved The New York Times.

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The Daily Telegraph. Come to the Garden: A Novel. Simon and Schuster. Slave narratives.The daily unfairnesses that resulted were, in Northup's telling, often the most intolerable aspect of slavery. Once Tibeats flew at Northup with an axe, threatening to cut off his head for using the wrong nails, although the nails had been given to Northup by the overseer.

It is a lengthy process, but Bass is able to convey letters to people Solomon knows in the North.

Still, the slave is not the only one who suffers. In , Logsdon was invited by scholars in upstate New York to participate in a search for Solomon's grave.

When Patsey ran to a neighbouring plantation to borrow some, Epps accused her of meeting a lover.

Rape is a theme in most slave narratives; the autobiography of William Anderson comprehensively subtitled Twenty-four Years a Slave; Sold Eight Times! Northup had to hide his literacy or risk violence.

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