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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 by [Douglass, Frederick, Henson, Josiah, Stowe, Harriet Beecher, Northup, Solomon, Jacobs, Harriet, Washington, Booker T., Reads, Timeless]
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Length: 1219 pages Word Wise: Enabled Age Level: 12 - 18
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About the Author

SOLOMON NORTHUP was born in 1808 and lived as a free man in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his wife and three children until his capture and enslavement in 1841. He was one of very few who were able to regain their freedom after being kidnapped and sold into slavery. After he returned to New York, he published his memoir and became an active abolitionist, lecturing throughout the Northeast about his experiences.

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  • File Size: 4568 KB
  • Print Length: 1219 pages
  • Publication Date: January 16, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BQQ86VW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,252 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 i was just amazed how these historical documents are so fresh, relatable and easy to understand, even for a modern audience.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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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