12 Years a Slave: A True Story of Betrayal, Kidnap and Slavery

12 Years a Slave: A True Story of Betrayal, Kidnap and Slavery

Solomon Northup / Apr 21, 2021

Years a Slave A True Story of Betrayal Kidnap and Slavery A powerful and riveting condemnation of American slavery Years a Slave is the harrowing true story of Solomon Northup who was kidnapped and sold into slavery enduring unimaginable degradation and

  • Title: 12 Years a Slave: A True Story of Betrayal, Kidnap and Slavery
  • Author: Solomon Northup
  • ISBN: 9781780942155
  • Page: 277
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  • A powerful and riveting condemnation of American slavery, 12 Years a Slave is the harrowing true story of Solomon Northup who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, enduring unimaginable degradation and abuse until his rescue twelve years later Steve McQueenOCOs powerful film adaptation starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch won BeA powerful and riveting condemnation of American slavery, 12 Years a Slave is the harrowing true story of Solomon Northup who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, enduring unimaginable degradation and abuse until his rescue twelve years later Steve McQueenOCOs powerful film adaptation starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch won Best Picture at both the Oscars and the Golden Globes in 2014 a Tricked by two men offering him a job as a musician in New York State in 1841, Solomon Northup was drugged and kidnapped His life is jeopardy, he 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.aIn the twelve years that follow he is sold to many different owners who treat him with varying levels of savagery forced labour, scant food and numerous beatings are his regular fare.a Against all odds, Northup eventually succeeds in contacting a sympathetic party and manages to get word to his family The ensuing rescue and legal cases are no less shocking and intriguing than the rest of the tale.aA true life testament to tremendous courage and tenacity in the face of unfathomable injustice, NorthupOCOs account also provides a rare insight into a murky past being meticulous first hand recordings of slave life A new film premiering in 2013, featuring Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch, is sure to introduce this amazing story to a new audience.

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        Solomon Northup was a free born African American from Saratoga Springs, New York He is noted for having been kidnapped in 1841 when enticed with a job offer When he accompanied his supposed employers to Washington, DC, they drugged him and sold him into slavery From Washington, DC, he was transported to New Orleans where he was sold to a plantation owner from Rapides Parish, Louisiana After 12 years in bondage, he regained his freedom in January 1853 he was one of very few to do so in such cases Held in the Red River region of Louisiana by several different owners, he got news to his family, who contacted friends and enlisted the New York governor in his cause New York state had passed a law in 1840 to recover African American residents who had been kidnapped and sold into slavery.Northup sued the slave traders in Washington, DC, but lost in the local court District of Columbia law prohibited him as a black man from testifying against whites and, without his testimony, the men went free Returning to his family in New York, Northup became active in abolitionism He published an account of his experiences in Twelve Years a Slave 1853 in his first year of freedom Northup gave dozens of lectures throughout the Northeast on his experiences as a slave, in order to support the abolitionist cause.In the early 1860s, Northup, along with another black man, aided a Methodist minister in Vermont in helping fugitive slaves on the Underground Railroad The circumstances of Northup s death are uncertain.Solomon Northup s memoir was reprinted several times later in the 19th century An annotated version was published in 1968, edited by Sue Eakin and Joseph Logsdon The memoir was adapted and produced as a film in 2013 by Steve McQueen, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as Northup Previously, a TV movie had been made of Northup s story, Solomon Northup s Odyssey 1984 , directed by Gordon Parks Pulitzer Prize winning poet and former U.S poet laureate Rita Dove wrote her poem The Abduction about Solomon Northup published in her first collection, The Yellow House on the Corner , 1980 Since 1999, Saratoga Springs, New York, has celebrated an annual Solomon Northup Day.


    1. There's a sin, a fearful sin, resting on this nation, that will not go unpunished forever. There will be reckoning yet it may be sooner or it may be later, but it's a coming as sure as the Lord is just.-Solomon Northup, 1855I am a middle-age American white guy obsessed with my country's shameful chapter, our "peculiar institution" - slavery. No matter how many books I read, movies I see or any other means of approaching the subject there exists a gulf of understanding that can never be bridged. [...]

    2. I know it's a genuine slave narrative, but it is just one-note. It concentrates on episode after episode of intense and repeated physical abuse. I don't doubt its veracity but there are far more nuanced - and readable - narratives out there. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is about life as a slave when not being physically abused. For most slave owners slaves were extremely expensive farm animals and only the richest who could afford 'herds' of them would be able to maltreat them on a cont [...]

    3. “Now had I approached within the shadow of the cloud, into the thick darkness whereof I was soon to disappear, thenceforward to be hidden from the eyes of all my kindred, and shut out from the sweet light of liberty for many a weary year.”I’m embarrassed to say I had no idea that this was a true story. I find it odd that I’d never heard of this particular slave narrative, given how powerful and informative it is. I decided to read it after all the media frenzy surrounding the movie (whic [...]

    4. Um Herói da Vida RealExistem múltiplas e variadas ficções sobre a escravatura nos USA. Mas estórias verdadeiras, narradas por alguém que as sofreu e viveu, não conheço outra além desta!Solomon Northup nasceu e viveu livre no Norte dos USA. Um dia foi emboscado, raptado e vendido como escravo no Sul. E por lá permaneceu até ao dia em que reconquistou a liberdade que lhe fôra tão barbaramente roubada.Por um lado, esta é uma narrativa chocante, onde somos, como em muitas outras, confr [...]

    5. I cannot fathom this book. Everything that happens in this autobiography is so distant from anything that I have experienced that I cannot even conceive of the injustice in any sort of measurable or reasonable amount. I feel angry and heartbroken that this sort of crime ever took place in our country, disgusted to the point of choking, so horrified that human trafficking through America is still so present and strong, so helpless because I don’t even know how to help, because I want to help, b [...]

    6. What difference is there in the color of the soul?Solomon Northup, born a free man during slavery times in America, is tricked and sold into slavery. He goes from respectable carpenter, clever violinist, father of two to "Platt" (a slave from Georgia) in only a few days. This book chronicles his twelve years as Platt. Upon release, he wrote and published his account as propaganda against slavery. There may be humane masters, as there certainly are inhuman ones - there may be slaves well-clothed, [...]

    7. “My sufferings I can compare to nothing else than the burning agonies of hell!”This book is told from the view point of a man who was a slave, not some historian’s interpretation of the events or a novelist’s aggrandisement. It is a frank narrative of the events that surrounded one man’s persecution into a woeful existence and allows the reader to form their own opinion of the life of a slave. This is a unique enlightenment into the American slave system, of the 19th century, conveying [...]

    8. Twelve years a slave, Solomon Northup (1808 - 1863)Twelve Years a Slave is an 1853 memoir and slave narrative by American Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson. Northup, a black man who was born free in New York state, details his being tricked to go to Washington, D.C where he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Deep South. He was in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana before he was able to secretly get information to friends and family in New York, who in turn secured his [...]

    9. cottonAfter reading this book, I will never see cotton under the same way ever again. When we think of cotton, we see something we consider fluffy, comfortable, and cosy, but for thousands of people, cotton and more precisely cotton fields were hell on earth. A lot of people were unlucky to be born in an era where your skin colour defined whether you were a master or a slave.Black people from their late teens up to their deaths were working for 360 days in cotton fields, in maize fields, on suga [...]

    10. A lot of people are saying this book reads like a novel, but I couldn't disagree more. It reads like a man telling his life story, which is fascinating, giving what the man became for twelve years, but not as engrossing as some of the new journalism that came out in the 60s and 70s by people like Hunter S. Thompson and Norman Mailer. Call it a book of its time. I actually saw the movie before I read the book, and there's an interesting difference. The movie is about the life of a slave, while th [...]

    11. 12 Years a Slave is probably the most unique slave book that I've read so far because I can't say that I have ever read about a free person being kidnapped and sold into slavery. The concept was new to me and I imagine it was probably very common considering that is full profit for a slave trader (not having to buy a slave and then sale for profit). I can't say that I absolutely loved his book. I also can't say that I believe most of what was written to be a fact. What I believe is that he was k [...]

    12. This is a horrifying story made only worse by the fact that it is all true. I'll leave other reviews to go on in detail about it. I don't even have the consolation that 'well, at least it doesn't happen anymore'. Chattel slavery and abduction are still hideous problems the world over. It's all very grim to think about. Still, the world owes Northrup a debt of gratitude for bring the truth about such an awful system and the abuses it caused.

    13. I can say that it was chilling, heart breaking, gut wrenching, atrocious and none of these words can aptly describe Solomon Northup's experience as told in this memoir. I did not know about this book until I saw the movie last month. During the brutal lashing scenes and the heart breaking scene of a mother separated from her children, you could hear a pin drop in the theater. I left the movie theater, frantically looking in the app for the book. After I finished the book, I felt that same sense [...]

    14. I appreciated this excellent book (some of its scenes still haunt me), but compared to other non-fiction slave narratives such as Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, there was a bit more distance of perspective here. The facts are still searing; the antidotes still filled me with horror. But sometimes the narrator feels a step removed. I read much of the account before I realized why I felt that way and then I got to Northup's description of the Christmas celebrations among the slaves. He wr [...]

    15. The gut wrenching account, apparently true, of Solomon Northrup, a free black man, with wife and children living in New York State. He is kidnapped and sold as a slave, then shipped south to work on the plantations in Bayou Boeuf Louisiana. He spends most of the twelve years under the cruel tyranny of a sadistic plantation owner named Epps. His eventual escape and return to New York and his family occurs only after a series of events that aren't much short of a miracle. The narrative is painfull [...]

    16. "There may be humane masters, as there certainly are inhuman ones--there may be slaves well-clothed, well-fed, and happy, as there surely are those half-clad, half-starved and miserable; nevertheless, the institution that tolerates such wrong and inhumanity as I have witnesses is a cruel, unjust, and barbarous one, Men may write fictions portraying lowly life as it is, or as it is not--may expatiate with owlish gravity upon the bliss of ignorance--discourse flippantly from arm chairs of the plea [...]

    17. An enjoyable read, although distressing in parts. This true narrative is a must read, especially for right thinkers. It left me pondering the profound evil that was/is slavery. What folly is man's inhumanity towards other men! We all bear the responsibility to prevent even an inkling of such injustice wherever in the world it is still perpetrated.

    18. A powerful and apparently true firsthand account from a free black man sold into slavery and his first to be free again.Twelve Years a Slave is gut-wrenching stuff written by an immensely readable writer. Northup's journey is incredible too incredible to believe. One has to continually remind oneself that he was not born into slavery, nor was he taken from overseas. His education is evident. This is no ignorant man denied an education and made to struggle along communicating with English as an u [...]

    19. "I can speak of Slavery only so far as it came under my own observation—only so far as I have known and experienced it in my own person. My object is, to give a candid and truthful statement of facts: to repeat the story of my life, without exaggeration, leaving it for others to determine, whether even the pages of fiction present a picture of more cruel wrong or a severer bondage."I feel intense guilt saying this, but I read this book after seeing the movie. I don't simply mean the film in th [...]

    20. “Life is dear to every living thing; the worm that crawls upon the ground will struggle for it.” ― Solomon Northup, Twelve Years a Slave“There may be humane masters, as there certainly are inhuman ones - there may be slaves well-clothed, well-fed, and happy, as there surely are those half-clad, half-starved and miserable; nevertheless, the institution that tolerates such wrong and inhumanity as I have witnessed, is a cruel, unjust, and barbarous one. Men may write fictions portraying low [...]

    21. Slavery is an abomination. The United States was from its independence from England a nation that relied heavily on slavery. It was not a land of equality and it did not offer freedom for all. This book is an autobiography written by Solomon Northup, a free Black kidnapped and taken into slavery for twelve years. He was from Upper-state New York. He played the fiddle. Given a proposition to earn extra money doing just this, he agreed to travel to Washington D.C. It was here he was kidnapped and [...]

    22. Atlas! I had not then learned the measure of "man's inhumanity to man," nor to what limitless extent of wickedness he will go for the love of gain. This was such a profound, heart-rending, eye opening and enlightening read. I was literally, an emotional roller coaster while perusing the pages of the book and found it difficult if not impossible to stop once I had started. Words fail me to express how necessary and important it is, to not on read (to gain a better understanding) but also to be ab [...]

    23. I am afraid that I am guilty this time around of watching the movie before reading the book.Twelve Years a Slave is Solomon Northup’s story of how he was kidnapped, drugged, beaten and sold off as a slave. It is a detailed account of 12 years of his life that he spent as a slave. The brutalities that he had to endure, the psychological torture that it was and the stories of the people who touched his life in one way or the other. He not only narrates his own story, but through knowing him and [...]

    24. Distressing, powerful and fascinating. This offers up an interesting, and in some ways, singular perspective into a part in history. Although some people may compare it to other narratives of the same time and find them more valid, I disagree - this is one mans experience of Slavery in the south and an experience equally worth reading about.

    25. Is it weird to have a favorite slave narrative? This is my favorite slave narrative, mainly because Solomon Northup was BAD. ASS.Somebody needs to make a superhero-style comic about this man.Northup was born free and lived most of his first thirty-three years in New York, where he married and had three children. His wife, Anna, was a chef and one of his talents was playing the violin, so during the social season they often parted ways and took temporary jobs in catering and entertaining.In 1841 [...]

    26. 12 Years a Slave is an utterly affecting non-fiction narrative. It follows the free man Solomon Northup, a man with a loving family and a talent for the violin, who was drugged and sold into slavery where he suffered for 12 years before eventually regaining freedom.I was already familiar with Solomon Northup's story, having seen the Oscar-winning film adaptation back when it was released a few years ago, and the film affected me so much that I don't think I could ever watch it again. Listening t [...]

    27. 3.5 Stars. Solomon Northup, a free man, survives a brutal twelve years after his capture into slavery and is finally able to procure his way back home through the diligence and persistence of one true friend. While a true story written in 1853, I sometimes found it unconvincing (not that I doubt it as fact) and difficult to connect with Solomon during the telling of this horrific time in his life perhaps bc of the narrator and/or writing style, I'm not sure? A good portion of the story is spent [...]

    28. WOW!! What a book! This is a must read! It's hard to imagine being taken away from your home and made a slave for 12 long years. It was a hard read, but again a must read.

    29. 4.5 stars. First I must note that I listened to the audio of this and am awfully glad. Louis Gossett, Jr brought Solomon Northup to life for me. His voice is brilliant. I am not sure I could have enjoyed reading this narrative as much as the language and the cadence is from a different time. The story is also from a different time and one that is a mark on history.I should correct myself, as this is not a story.but a narrative. I was amazed that it disappeared for decades and Solomon's voice was [...]

    30. If this were fiction, I would probably rate it lower. But this is not fiction. This is the story of how a free man became enslaved for 12 years, in that awful period of American history. How this happened, what transpired during his slavery and how Solomon came to achieve freedom again were all fascinating and heartbreaking tales. Equally interesting is how this story came to be told - from the ghost writer who published the book just 3 months after Solomon was freed, to it's 20th century resurr [...]

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