Paperback —. Add to Cart. Also by Solomon Northup. See all books by Solomon Northup. About Solomon Northup Solomon Northup was a free African American living in New York in the s when he was captured and sold into slavery into the south.
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12 Years a Slave: A Memoir of Kidnap, Slavery and Liberation
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Add to cart. Be the first to write a review About this product. About this product Synopsis The astonishing memoir of a free man who was sold into slavery in Louisiana where he was kept for 12 years--a powerful, riveting condemnation of slavery, and a story soon to be introduced to a new audience through a major filmTricked by two men offering him a job as a musician in New York state in , Solomon Northup was instead drugged and kidnapped.
Threatened with death, Northup was forced to assume a new name and fake past. Taken to Louisiana on a disease-ridden plague ship, he was initially sold to a cotton planter. In the 12 years that followed he was sold to many different owners who treated him with varying levels of savagery, including forced labor, scant food, and numerous beatings. Eventually Northup succeeded in contacting Samuel Bass, a white carpenter whom he knew to be sympathetic to the cause of black people.
Bass contacted Northup's family and together they gained the necessary paperwork to travel to Louisiana to retrieve him.
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Northup pressed charges against his captors but in a triumph of irony the case was heard in Washington--meaning that as a black man he could not testify against the accused in the end they were able to countersue him. A true-life testament to tremendous courage and tenacity in the face of unfathomable injustice, Northup's account is also of extreme interest due to the meticulous recordings of slave life.
Unique in its firsthand nature, the book became a runaway bestseller.
He is rather the free man he knows himself to be, surviving adversity on his own terms and discovering a universe known only to himself. This recognition seems to spark an even greater cacophony in the swamp. Affrighted and appalled. Reading this rich narrative reminds the modern reader that average people in the 19th century often demonstrated a better command of English than, say, many graduate students in the 21st. This occurs when Northup looks slowly around the plantation without appearing to react to it at all.
Then his gaze slows and stops right in front of the camera, so it seems as though Solomon Northup is looking directly into the eyes of the viewer. Surprisingly, we see in his face no judgment or accusation, no appeal, no recognition or salutation. Those eyes coming at us across a century and a half are too riveting for thought. Maybe we are the future audience that finally wants to look back. In any case, that gaze will follow us for a long time. So this is the difference between the two narrative forms: The movie shows Solomon Northup as a compassionate and even heroic man who never gives up in his quest to return home.
The movie tie-in could also allude to the fact that 12 Years a Slave has its own million-to-one history. Sue Eakin Telemachus Press.