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Twelve Years a Slave

ISBN: 9780143106708 | 0143106708
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pub. Date: 7/31/2012

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A harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history Born a free man in New York, Solomon Northup was abducted in Washington, D.C., in 1841 and spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation. After his rescue, he published this exceptionally vivid and detailed account of slave life-perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives. It became an immediate bestseller and today is recognized for its unusual insight and eloquence as one of the very few portraits of American slavery produced by someone as educated as Solomon Northup, or by someone with the dual perspective of having been both a free man and a slave.

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