Twelve years a slave

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Born a free man in New York State in 1808, Solomon Northup was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841. He spent the next twelve years as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation. During this time he was frequently abused and often afraid for his life. After regaining his freedom in 1853, Northup published this gripping account of his captivity. As an educated man, Northup was able to present an exceptionally detailed description of slave life and plantation society. Indeed, this book is probably the fullest, most realistic picture of the 'peculiar institution' during the three decades before the Civil War. Northup tells his story both from the viewpoint of an outsider, who had experienced thirty years of freedom and dignity in the United States before his capture, and as a slave, reduced to total bondage and submission. Very few personal accounts of American slavery were written by slaves with a similar history. This extraordinary slave narrative, new to Penguin Classics, has a new introduction by prize-winning historian and author Ira Berlin, an an essay by Henry Louis Gates Jr.For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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African Americans
African Americans -- Biography
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural Heritage
Biography
Children of freedmen -- United States -- Biography
Electronic books
Fiction
History
Large type books
Louisiana
Northup, Solomon, -- 1808-1863
Northup, Solomon, -- 1808-1863?
Plantation life
Plantation life -- Louisiana -- History -- 19th century
Slavery
Slavery -- Louisiana -- History -- 19th century
Slaves
Slaves -- United States -- Biography
Slaves' writings, American
United States
title_displayTwelve years a slave
title_fullTwelve Years a Slave
Twelve Years a Slave Northup, Solomon.
Twelve Years a Slave [electronic resource] / Solomon Northup, Gemynii
Twelve years a slave / Solomon Northup
Twelve years a slave / Solomon Northup ; introduction by Ira Berlin ; general editor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Twelve years a slave [electronic resource] / Solomon Northup
title_shortTwelve years a slave
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African Americans
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Biography & Autobiography
Children of freedmen
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History
Nonfiction
Northup, Solomon
Plantation life
Slavery
Slaves
Slaves' writings, American