12 Years A Slave



Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana. This edition of Northrup’s autobiography is unique because it includes photographs and interviews with former slaves who voice their experiences of slavery. Many talk about how they were treated, the condition before their freedom and after. Unlike Solomon Northrup, there were no Canadians to rescue them from slavery, they did not ride off into the sunset. A few spoke of the beatings, the work and their fear of the Klan after the abolition of slavery. Readers most also bear in mind the the majority of interviewees were unable to read and write, and sadly the interviewers, often recorded their narrative voices in a somewhat racist and stereotypical vernacular as often seen in Uncle Ben and Mammy type caricatures of African-Americans in the late 19th and early 20th, Century.

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