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Twelve Years a Slave: Plus Five American Slave Narratives, Including Life of Frederick Douglass, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Life of Josiah Henson, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Up From Slavery [Kindle Edition]

Frederick Douglass , Josiah Henson , Harriet Beecher Stowe , Solomon Northup , Harriet Jacobs , Booker T. Washington , Timeless Reads
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Book Description


This exciting new release includes the complete text of "Twelve Years a Slave." Read the amazing story of Solomon Northup before (or after) you see the critically-acclaimed movie of 2013. But this collection doesn't stop there. It also includes:

* Complete, unabridged texts of the five additional works listed below, all well-known works about slavery in America
* An active table of contents for easy navigation to any book or chapter
* The original illustrations for "Twelve Years a Slave"
* Easy-to-use links to download unabridged audiobooks of four of the works from Librivox
* Well-formatted text with adjustable font and size

Below is a brief introduction to the six included works. (Excerpts from Wikipedia are used in the summaries.)

--Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, a citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana --
Author: Solomon Northup (July 1808 - c. 1864-1875)
Published: 1853

"Twelve Years a Slave, by Solomon Northup as told to David Wilson, is a memoir of a black man who was born free in New York state but kidnapped, sold into slavery and kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana before the American Civil War."

-- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave --
Author: Frederick Douglass (February 1818 - February 20, 1895)
Published: 1845
Audiobook available from Librivox, link included

"Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is a memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and ex-slave, Frederick Douglass. In factual detail, the text describes the events of his life and is considered to be one of the most influential pieces of literature to fuel the abolitionist movement of the early 19th century in the United States."

-- The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada, as Narrated by Himself --
Author: Josiah Henson (June 15, 1789 - May 5, 1883)
Published: 1849

"The Life of Josiah Henson is a slave narrative written by Josiah Henson, who would later become famous for being the basis of the character of Tom from Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. "

-- Uncle Tom's Cabin --
Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe (June 14, 1811 - July 1, 1896)
Published: 1852
Audiobook available from Librivox, link included

"Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly is an anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe...Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible."

-- Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl --
Author: Harriett Ann Jacobs, under the pen name Linda Brent (February 11, 1813 - March 7, 1897)
Published: 1861
Audiobook available from Librivox, link included

"Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is a slave narrative that was published in 1861 by Harriet Ann Jacobs, using the pen name "Linda Brent." It addresses the struggles and sexual abuse that young women slaves faced on the plantations, and how these struggles were harsher than what men suffered as slaves."

-- Up From Slavery --
Author: Booker T. Washington (April 5, 1856 - November 14, 1915)
Published: 1901
Audiobook available from Librivox, link included

"Up from Slavery is the 1901 autobiography of Booker T. Washington detailing his work to rise from the position of a slave child during the Civil War, to the difficulties and obstacles he overcame to get an education at the new Hampton University, to his work establishing vocational schools."

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  • File Size: 4568 KB
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BQQ86VW
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent October 2, 2013
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picked this up because of the movie coming out. i was just amazed how these historical documents are so fresh, relatable and easy to understand, even for a modern audience. does a better job than anything you can think of to bring home the reality of human slavery. this edition appears well organized too, worth the price for out of copyright works. highly recommended.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 6 Great readings for a great price October 1, 2013
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You really can't beat the price for this collection of stories. I was even introduced to a book I'd never heard of.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking must read October 20, 2013
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I found this very educational, informative and emotional. I had to read it before the release of the movie. Some very disturbing scenes. I would highly recommend this book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read. Remarkable journal November 14, 2013
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The simplicity of his reflections in this journal open a window to the culture of slavery and racism that is unique and memorable. He uses understated language which makes each event all the more vivid. His candor about the experience of bondage and what it does to a free man is remarkable. His insight into thoughts of slaveholders ring true. This book was written more than 150 years ago and is an easy read. Mr Northrup was an exceptional man. We are lucky to have his words today.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading! January 24, 2014
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I ordered this book after seeing the movie by the same name. I was afraid it might be redundant, but it was not. The movie allowed the viewer to see the experience of Solomon Northrup's kidnapping and 12 year bondage as a slave in the 1850's. The book allowed the reader to hear Northrup's thoughts and feelings about those experiences. A freedman living a secure life in upstate NY, Northrup was torn away by slave traders. Forced to hide his ability to read and write from his captors, after his liberation, he ultimately uses those skills to share his experience of slavery with generations of Americans brought up blind to the reality that was foundational to our early history....and haunting us still. Northrup's narrative is a matter of fact, unsensationalized, and a far more charitable description than the horrific events would reasonably call for. Should be required reading in US schools.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bargain November 12, 2013
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This is a great bargain. In addition to the original text of the movie just made by Brad Pitt and Steve McQueen, you get Uncle Tom's Cabin, Up from Slavery, and 3 other related books -- all for 99 cents.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile read, especially for the history buff November 17, 2013
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Very good book. An easy read. It was easy to connect with the author and see what he was experiencing through his eyes. Plus it was chock full of historical descriptions of the way of life and agriculture, etc. of the time. This review is only for 12 years a slave.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a fantastic read for everyone. November 11, 2013
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The book feels very accurate and true. As an African American, I appreciate that! It is a very easy book to read.
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