Twelve Years a Slave
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"Twelve Years A Slave" is the story of Solomon Northup, an African American who was born free in New York in the early 1800s. In 1841, Solomon Northup was captured and forced into slavery for a period of 12 years. "Twelve Years A Slave" is a captivating narrative of the life of freedom and slavery experienced by one African American man prior to the American Civil War. The book is detailed in its account of life on a cotton and sugar plantation and the daily routine of slave life during the first part of the 19th century.
(0-486-40165-0) AFRICAN SCULPTURE, Ladislas Segy. (0-486-20396-4) MASKS OF BLACK AFRICA, Ladislas Segy. (0-486-23181-X) AFRICAN-AMERICAN POETRY: AN ANTHOLOGY, 1773—1927, Joan R. Sherman (ed.). (0-486-29604-0) THE STORY OF THE AMISTAD, Emma Gelders Sterne. (0-486-41537-6) NARRATIVE OF SOJOURNER TRUTH, Sojourner Truth. (0-486-29899-X) AFRICAN FOLK TALES, Hugh Vernon-Jackson. (0-486-40553-2) UP FROM SLAVERY, Booker T. Washington. (0-486-28738-6) AFRICAN DESIGNS FROM TRADITIONAL SOURCES,
accompanying him to Marksville, and on all occasions loudly justifying him, but his services in this respect did not afterwards deter a kinsman of this same Marshall from seeking his life also. A brawl occurred between them over a gambling-table, which terminated in a deadly feud. Riding up on horseback in front of the house one day, armed with pistols and bowie knife, Marshall challenged him to come forth and make a final settlement of the quarrel, or he would brand him as a coward, and shoot
some white men that use arguments no sensible monkey would. But let that pass. These niggers are human beings. If they don’t know as much as their masters, whose fault is it ? They are not allowed to know anything. You have books and papers, and can go where you please, and gather intelligence in a thousand ways. But your slaves have no privileges. You’d whip one of them if caught reading a book. They are held in bondage, generation after generation, deprived of mental improvement, and who can
detected.” The allusion to myself in the work recently issued, entitled “A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” contains the first part of this letter, omitting the postscript. Neither are the full names of the gentlemen to whom it is directed correctly stated, there being a slight discrepancy, probably a typographical error. To the postscript more than to the body of the communication am I indebted for my liberation, as will presently be seen. When Bass returned from Marksville he informed me of what he
Washington, New-York, has produced before me due evidence of the freedom of Solomon, a mulatto man, aged about forty-two years, five feet, seven inches and six lines, woolly hair, and chestnut eyes, who is a native born of the State of New-York. That the said Northup, being about bringing the said Solomon to his native place, through the southern routes, the civil authorities are requested to let the aforesaid colored man Solomon pass unmolested, he demeaning well and properly. “Given under my