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Twelve Years a Slave:  includes interviews of former slaves and illustrations by [Northup, Solomon]
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  • File Size: 1607 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 17, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00COQLZWA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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This book gives the reader great insight into slavery, the slave trade and the mindset of the southern plantation owners. Although many movies have been made and many books written, to read about this horrible time in our history from the perspective of a slave, once a free man, is mind boggling! It makes the reader involuntarily shake his head in wonder and feel embarrassed to be a citizen of a land that once treated humans worse than animals. One can only wonder in amazement at the ignorance of such men! Mr. Northrop endured 12 years of cruel and I humane treatment only to eventually be reunited with his family. His account leaves one to wonder how many free men were sold and died in slavery!
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This poor man, what a horrible thing to have happen to anyone. It was a terrible time for all African Americans. Slavery was as is sub human treatment. The book was so well written. One almost felt they were experiencing this awful experience.
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This book was fascinating. I never knew that free men were captured and sold in to slavery. A truly remarkable story that is worth reading
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This is a story every American should read. The story is almost too horrible to be true! The author took me right back to the event s with him as best as his use of the English language could convey. The author was obviously well educated and highly intelligent. He was careful not to display his education. He was also smart enough not to flaunt his knowledge. He did what he had to do to survive his captivity. The movie was good, but it is so much more vivid when you have read the book as well. This is an unfortunate lesson in American History, that all citizens should knowledgeable of; not for the sake of bitterness, but it happened, it was real, and our society is still recovering from the emotional scars of this horrible misjudgment of the character and integrity of the Americans of African descent.
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I really enjoyed this book. Solomon expresses the evil, cruelty, and injustice of humans enslaving humans in a country that prides itself on a democratic government that guarantees ALL MEN certain unalienable rights, without dwelling on the inhumane violence visited upon our Black brothers. Above all, Solomon keeps his hope of reuniting with his family, and rather than allowing the wickedness of the "well respected" citizens of the US to consume his soul, he maintains his humanity by protecting others to the extent possible.
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What I loved about this autobiography is the first person narrative in period language that tells the story as he experiences it. In a movie, you would see all the surrounding action. But in this narrative you experience it as the author did, without any knowledge of what is going on around the experience until he in fact experiences it. Very enlightening, although it was hard not to feel very angry at all the injustices he endured.
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I recommend this version of Twelve Years a Slave. I purchased and read it well before the movie was made and am so happy that I did. Mr. Northup's 12 years as an enslaved free man are such an important additional perspective on slavery - one rarely exposed, but too often experienced by too many men, women and children. While shocking, I am sure many readers and potential readers unfamiliar with the first hand horrors of slavery, will learn so much. The story will be even more compelling to modern day readers who would have never imagined that any man of stature, like Northrup, even though a black man --- would be subjected to the atrocities he withstood for so many years due solely to the greed of supposed colleagues. Mr. Northrup's story also highlights the atrocities suffered by slaves born or sold into slavery. His first hand accounts are without parallel. You will enjoy reading Mr. Northrup's story, even as you weep with every turn of the page.
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This was the most fascinating untold story that I have ever read. Solomon Northup is very detail in describing the events and individuals who were a part of his journey. This is a must hear. I recommend hearing before seeing the movie. The slaves narratives are amazing in itself.
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