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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Graymalkin Media (February 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1631680021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1631680021
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A moving, vital testament." --Saturday Review

About the Author

Solomon Northup (1808 - c. 1864-1875) was an African American carpenter who was born free in Minerva, Essex County, New York, but was bound into slavery later in life for a period of twelve years. He regained his freedom in January 1853.

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It will leave a mark on your soul.
ME Kelley
Solomon Northrup eloquently portrays the story of his capture and release from the bonds of slavery.
Donna LaDonna
It is very well written and I could hardly put the book down.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By leigh on September 6, 2013
Format: Audible Audio Edition
The passion behind the sharing of this story runs deep. It started with Solomon Northrup's courage to tell his own story published in the 1850s, continued with Dr. Sue Eakin's life-long commitment to researching and publishing his experiences in the 1960s, was brought to life by Frank Eakin's desire to expand and complete his mother's work today, and finally, was portrayed by the readers and actors who applied heart and soul to expressing Solomon Northrup's experience which is, sadly, applicable still today in the form of human trafficking. With roots and branches like these, the story is for every reader- historian, activist, parent, child, and life-long learner.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By KAC on September 18, 2013
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This a great price for a great book. I'm rushing to finish it before the film premieres in November. It's nearly unabridged which is a plus.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rowrich on April 6, 2014
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I am glad I read "12 Years a Slave". I had heard the movie discussed in the media and knew that the movie was hard to watch because of the slave history in our country. But I was surprised to find the book was published in 1854 and that it was actually written by the citizen enslaved for the 12 years just preceding it publishing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By thewanderingjew on January 31, 2014
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This is the harrowing account of a free black man who was kidnapped. His free papers were stolen, he was viciously beaten into submission and then transported to plantations in the south as a slave. His whereabouts were unknown to any and all who could free him. The idea that any man, of any color, or any background, could be captured and penned, treated like no more than a brute animal, should have been, then and surely now, nothing short of anathema to any breathing human being. Ignorance could not be a legitimate excuse, anymore than it could have been during the Holocaust. Myself, I am at a loss to understand why an economy driven by slaves would be exalted, why greed would be elevated to heights higher than human dignity.
Man’s inhumanity to man, man’s ability to turn a blind eye to human suffering for monetary gain, will render the reader speechless and horrified. As a Jew whose history is steeped in slavery, I felt personally affected by his plight and angered to the point of distraction, because there is absolutely nothing anyone can do today to reverse the effects of the terrible injustice imposed upon people, simply because of their color. They were kept illiterate, forbidden to improve their station in life, beaten violently for the slightest infractions, by people who would not have wanted such a life for themselves or anyone they associated with, and yet, they turned a blind eye to accumulate the all-mighty dollar. Those who hated, taught their offspring to hate. Those who hated, hired overseers who hated. Those who hated often got away unscathed. Justice was usually not served for the black man.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James F Durham Jr on October 9, 2013
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An incredible story triumph of the human spirit over the brutality of slavery . This intense,heart wrenching narrative by Solomon Northup is a must read.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Burkhalter on September 10, 2013
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I actually listened to the audio book three times. This book was able to reach into the depths of my emotions and reel me in from the beginning. I found myself trying to put myself in Simon's position, and his family's for that matter, so many times. This version certainly demonstrated the terror and fear in the hearts of the black people in this era. Excellent read, highly recommend. You do not have to be a historian to fall in love with this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason S. on April 10, 2014
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I saw the movie and had to read the book. I found it fascinating to hear in more depth Solomon's account of being forced into slavery. A lot more details than were in the movie. Hard to imagine this happened in our country. It is a must read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CoolRose on April 18, 2014
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I got this book after watching the movie. It let me experience the epic story and characters in a new way. I highly recommend it. The price was also great and I loved the paperback size for carrying it with me when I am on the go traveling. I recommend this book! It is an important story that must be read.
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