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The Resource Twelve years a slave, Solomon Northup ; introduction by Ira Berlin ; general editor Henry Louis Gates, Jr

Twelve years a slave, Solomon Northup ; introduction by Ira Berlin ; general editor Henry Louis Gates, Jr

Label
Twelve years a slave
Title
Twelve years a slave
Statement of responsibility
Solomon Northup ; introduction by Ira Berlin ; general editor Henry Louis Gates, Jr
Title variation
12 years a slave
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 harrowing years of his life 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 decided to publish this gripping autobiographical account of his captivity. As an educated man, Northup was able to present an exceptionally detailed and accurate 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. Moreover, 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. Published in 1853, Northup's book found a ready audience and almost immediately became a bestseller. Aside from its vivid depiction of the detention, transportation, and sale of slaves, TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE is admired for its classic accounts of cotton and sugar production, its uncannily precise recall of people, times, and places, and the compelling details that recreate the daily routine of slaves in the Gulf South"--
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Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1808-1863?
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Northup, Solomon
Dewey number
  • 306.3/62092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • music
Index
index present
LC call number
E444
LC item number
.N87 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Gates, Henry Louis
Series statement
Penguin classics
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Northup, Solomon
  • Slaves
  • Slaves' writings, American
  • African Americans
  • Plantation life
  • Slavery
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
Label
Twelve years a slave, Solomon Northup ; introduction by Ira Berlin ; general editor Henry Louis Gates, Jr
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1521336
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
xxxvi, 240 pages
Isbn
9780143106708
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2012012550
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, music
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1521336
  • (OCoLC)785808898
Label
Twelve years a slave, Solomon Northup ; introduction by Ira Berlin ; general editor Henry Louis Gates, Jr
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1521336
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
xxxvi, 240 pages
Isbn
9780143106708
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2012012550
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, music
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1521336
  • (OCoLC)785808898

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