Twelve Years a Slave

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  • 248 pages
  • Twelve Years a Slave
  • Solomon Northup
  • English
  • 25 July 2019
  • 9781631680021

About the Author: Solomon Northup

Solomon Northup was a free born African American from Saratoga Springs, New York He is noted for having been kidnapped in 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 Twelve Years ePUB è plantation owner from Rapides Parish, Louisiana After .


Twelve Years a Slave[Read] ➳ Twelve Years a Slave ➯ Solomon Northup – Johndore.co.uk Twelve Years a Slave, subtitle: Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of NewYork, kidnapped in Washington city in , and rescued in , from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana, is a memo Twelve Years a Slave, subtitle: Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of NewYork, kidnapped in Washington city in , and rescued in , from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana, is a memoir by Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson It is a slave narrative of a black man who was born free in Twelve Years ePUB è New York state but kidnapped in Washington, DC sold into slavery, and kept in bondage foryears in Louisiana He provided details of slave markets in Washington, DC and New Orleans, as well as describing at length cotton and sugar cultivation on major plantations in Louisiana.

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  1. Miranda Reads says:

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    What difference is there in the color of the soul?
    Solomon Northup, born a free man during slavery times in America, is tricked and subsequently sold into slavery.

    He goes from respectable carpenter, clever violinist, father of two to Platt (a slave from Georgia) in only a few days.

    At first he tries to resist but soon learns that any sign of rebellion would result in his death.

    This book chronicles his twelve years as Platt - through the working conditions, the harsh overseers, the inhumane cruelty - this book provides an unflinching account of what it was like to be a slave in America.

    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, 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.
    Now, while this was used as propaganda, it was not a work of fiction.

    Everything that could be verified through documents has been thus this is a true account.

    And because of that, it is absolutely heartbreaking.
    I don't want to survive, I want to live.
    You can learn about slavery in history class but reading bland facts does not compare to first hand accounts. This sheds a complete new light on this shameful part of history.

    I regret not reading this book earlier.


    Audiobook Comments
    --I listened to the Blackstone Audioversion, read by Louis Gossett Jr. He read it rather well. There's another version that gives Solomon a posh (almost English) accent. That threw me off too much, so I went with this one.

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  2. Brian says:


    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, 1855

    I 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. I can feel pity, shame, anger or any other emotion, but I will never know. Only sympathy. I've got nothing in my present or past that can make for empathy.

    Northup's harrowing, page-turning narrative is the first book that I have read on the subject of American slavery that has allowed me the first inkling of answers to some of my questions of how and why. Northup was a free man, born free in New York State, married to a free black woman and father of three children. Humanity's dark side shows its teeth and while away on business he is drugged, chained and then sold into slavery in Louisiana until he is rescued 12 years later. A horrible story with a happy ending, but as Northup makes clear by way of his being an interloper into that sickening economic system: his tale only runs parallel with the multi-generational truth of slavery. He fell into it, got out of it. For those hundreds of thousands of men, women and children that are born and ultimately die into it, there is only hopelessness.

    So what Northup does, where he reaches across the ages and a race divide that I can never cross - he takes a look at his oppressors and states: I get it. You take a white boy, the son of a slave owner, and from his birth you instill in him that there is no humanity in a slave. Northup: ..with such training, whatever may be his natural disposition, it cannot well be otherwise than that, on arriving at maturity, the sufferings and miseries of the slave will be looked upon with entire indifference. So in 2013, I am equally unable to understand the mind of a white slave owner. I was not born into this - how could I ever empathize with a multi-generational slave owning white southern man? Brought up with such ideas - in the notion that we stand without the pale of humanity - no wonder the oppressors of my people are a pitiless and unrelenting race.

    William Tanner Vollmann refers to this book several times in Rising Up and Rising Down - and this is how I first became aware of it. I wish that everyone would get the chance to read it - Northup's writing style and the story itself, while horrific and sad, is still so very important. This past weekend I was in a movie theater and I saw a preview for an upcoming big budget movie made from this book. I nearly choked on my popcorn. I just hope that Hollywood didn't make hashwork of this story and for those that won't get the chance to read the book, that Northup's tale will educate and inspire a new generation. And perhaps help those of us that are searchers for truth get a little bit closer to understanding.

  3. Petra-X says:

    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 continual basis. If you want hard work from your oxen, and you want to breed from your cows, they have to be kept healthy and in good condition. Well fed, rested, and with down-time. Not a life of ease or quality, not one without the whip, but one designed that the animals will do their job dawn to dusk and breed on a regular basis. So it was with slaves.

    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave is that of a slave who escaped and became a famous abolitionist, in the US and the UK, and a newspaper publisher. In the UK, which had never had slavery (view spoiler)[UK slavery was concentrated in the Caribbean, not in the UK, where the few slaves were mostly in London and treated much the same as the other servants (hide spoiler)]

  4. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    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 release with the aid of the state. Northup's account provides extensive details on the slave markets in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, and describes at length cotton and sugar cultivation and slave treatment on major plantations in Louisiana. The work was published eight years before the Civil War by Derby & Miller of Auburn, New York, soon after Harriet Beecher Stowe's best-selling novel about slavery, Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), to which it lent factual support. Northup's book, dedicated to Stowe, sold 30,000 copies, making it a bestseller in its own right. ...

    تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز هفدهم ماه سپتامبر سال 2014 میلادی

    عنوان: دوازده 12 سال بردگی؛ به روایت: سالومون نورثاپ؛ مترجمها: فرناز گنجی؛ محمدباقر اسمعیل پور؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، جامی، 1393، در 288 ص، شابک: 9786001761089؛ عنوان گسترده: دوازده سال بردگی؛ موضوع: بردگان، ایالات متحده، لوئیزیانا، سرگذشتنامه، بردگی و برده داری، تاریخ، سده 19 م

    نورثاپ در روز دهم ماه ژوئیه سال 1807 میلادی، در شهر «مینروا»، در کوه‌های «ادیراندک»، به دنیا آمد. پدرش که پیشتر برده بود، خانواده را به شهر مجاور «واشنگتن کانتی» منتقل کرد، و در نهایت در دهکده ی: «فورت ادوارد»، واقع در «هادسن ریور»، در چهل مایلی شمال «آلبانی» مستقر شد. نورثاپ، در اواخر دهه ی 1820 میلادی، با «آن همپتن» ازدواج کرد. این زوج در خانه‌ ای سده ی هجدهمی، در «فورت ادوارد» - که اکنون یک موزه است - زندگی می‌کردند. نورثاپ در مزرعه پدرش کار می‌کرد، و زمانی که کانال «شامپلین»، بین «فورت ادوارد» و رود «شامپلین»، در حال تعمیر بود، در آنجا مشغول کار شد. او همان زمان برای انتقال کلک‌های چوبی بزرگ، از رود «شامپلین»، تا «تروا» چند قرارداد بست. زمانی که «آن»، همسر نورثاپ، در یکی از هتل‌های بزرگ «ساراتوگا اسپرینگز»، در« نیویورک» کار پیدا کرد، خانواده به «نیویورک» نقل مکان کرد. نورثاپ، در آنجا به عنوان موزیسین مشغول کار شد. در سال 1841 میلادی، دو مرد سفیدپوست، با یک پیشنهاد کاری خوب، نورثاپ را راضی کردند، همراه آن‌ها به «واشنگتن دی‌.سی.» برود، اما در آنجا او را ربودند، و به «نیواورلینز» بردند، جایی که نورثاپ به عنوان برده فروخته شد. نورثاپ دوازده سال بعد را، در یک مزرعه ی پنبه، در «لوئیزیانا» بردگی کرد، تا اینکه بالاخره دوستانش، در «ساراتوگا» باعث آزادی او شدند. نورثاپ، در سال 1853 میلادی، خاطرات خود را از آن دوران پرعذاب، در قالب کتاب منتشر کرد، و کتاب او مورد حمایت طرفداران الغای بردگی، قرار گرفت. نورثاپ، سپس با فعالان «جنبش آزادسازی بردگان» همراه شد، و به برده‌ های فراری کمک کرد، تا در شمال شرقی آمریکا، و کانادا، آزادانه زندگی کنند، اما او در حدود سال 1863 میلادی، در اوج جنگ داخلی، از انظار عمومی خارج شد، و دیگر کسی چیزی از ایشان نشنید. حتی در پایان فیلم «12 سال بردگی»، نوشته شده: «سالومن نورثاپ احتمالا بین سال‌های 1863 تا 1875 میلادی، از دنیا رفت. تاریخ دقیق، محل و نحوه ی مرگ او مشخص نیست.». درمورد اینکه چه اتفاقی ممکن است برای نورثاپ افتاده باشد، نظریه‌ های مختلفی هست. یک سناریو این است، که او وقتی برای ارتش ایالات شمالی جاسوسی می‌کرد، به دام افتاد و کشته شد. مردی که کمک کرد نورثاپ فرار کند، گفت: «به اعتقاد او نورثاپ بار دیگر به دام افتاد». این احتمال هم هست، که نورثاپ در دورانی که جنگ بر سر برده‌ داری، آمریکا را از هم پاشیده بود، جایی که هیچ‌کس او را نمی‌شناخت، یا دلیلی نمی‌دید یک آمریکایی آفریقایی‌ تبار را به شکلی شایسته دفن کند، مرده باشد. دیوید فیسک یکی دیگر از نویسندگان کتاب «سالومن نورثاپ: داستان کامل نویسنده دوازده سال بردگی»، می‌گوید: «شاید او سرگردان و آواره شده بود، و جایی که کسی او را نمی‌شناخت، مرده باشد و آنجا دفن شده باشد.». کلیفورد براون، استاد دانشگاه، و دیگر نویسنده ی این کتاب، هم می‌گوید: «هیچ مدرکی از او موجود نیست.». چوئیتل اجیوفور، در فیلم «دوازده سال بردگی»، نقش سالومون نورثاپ را بازی می‌کند. فیسک میگوید: نواده‌ های نورثاپ نیز هیچ مدرکی ندارند، که نشان بدهد چه بر سر نورثاپ آمد، و او کجا دفن شده است. فیسک برای پیدا کردن محل دفن احتمالی نورثاب، راه‌های مختلف را پی گرفت. او قبرستان‌های اجتماعات بیرون «ساراتوگا»، همین طور دیگر جاهایی که همسر، و بچه‌ های نورثاپ، بعدا در آنجا زندگی کردند، بررسی کرد، اما در نهایت دست خالی برگشت. هیچ مدرکی مبنی بر علت مرگ نورثاپ، وجود ندارد. فیسک می‌گوید: تا اواخر سال‌های 1880 میلادی صدور گواهی‌های فوت در نیویورک حالت سیستماتیک نداشت. سلیگمن، متصدی موزه‌ ای در کالج اسکیدمور است، جایی که هر سال در ماه ژوئیه یکروز به سالومون نورثاپ اختصاص دارد. برای سلیگمن، معمای مرگ، و محل دفن نورثاپ، بخشی از جاذبه ی کاری یک مورخ است. او می‌گوید: «این چیزی است که به مورخان انگیزه می‌دهد، کار خود را پی بگیرند. این پازلی است که هنوز حل نشده است.» اقتباس از آسوشیتدپرس، ترجمه: علی افتخاری. ا. شربیانی

  5. Rowena says:

    “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 (which I haven’t watched and probably won’t).

    This narrative was written by Solomon Northrup, a freeman kidnapped from the North, and taken to a work on a plantation in Louisiana, where he lived for 12 years until he was rescued. The whole account was very detailed; we are given names, dates and so on. There are also graphic depictions of violence and plenty of sadness and grief.

    The more stories about slavery that I read, the more I realize what a diversity in stories and experiences exist. There are always common themes though: the brutality of the slavedrivers who don’t get their comeuppance, for one, and the injustice of the whole system too. The fact that the slaves were treated as less than animals is something that makes these kinds of stories difficult to read.

    I was expecting to be more affected by the pain and violence that I knew slaves experienced at the hands of their masters. However, I found myself more affected by the psychological pain that they had to endure. Coincidentally, I just read a poem by African-Canadian poet Dwayne Morgan entitled “The Academy Awards” which goes:

    “And you don’t know the psychological

    And spiritual trauma,

    Of constantly having to justify your existence,

    Your location and your presence.”

    I felt quite ignorant about American history while reading this narrative; I was unaware that there was a time when some blacks were free while others were enslaved.

    As difficult as it is for me to read anything related to slavery I believe it is important for stories like this one to be heard. I’m in awe at how much resilience African-American slaves showed.

  6. Becky says:

    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, because I would want to kill the person that took my freedom from me and forced me to work, in any capacity, that treated me like chattel.

    There were times that I felt Northrup was being too forgiving, or wasn’t being hard enough, on the people he encountered in the South, but having read substantially from this time period this lack of emotion seems to be due in part to stylistic choices- effusive emotion never really comes through writings from this period. I don’t know if it just wasn’t distinguished to write with unbridled passion, but you don’t see it in literature from this time, and so I assume that Northrup was just writing in the style of his day. There were other times where you could feel his rage and dismay, but it was all bundled up in what I am sure was the editorial process. And maybe I willfully distanced myself from some of it, because it was just so hard to force myself to confront the beatings, the whippings, and the separation and sorrow he was writing about.

    In fact, there are times that its dry, matter-of-fact portrayal of this tragedy (not just of Northrup, but the tragedy of slavery) was its strong point. He is a reliable narrator, it never feels that he is embellishing, and hearing about the forced desertion of a child as the mother is sold separately in such dry tones, makes it harder to turn away from. You are just faced with the bare starkness of it all. This IS what happened, and simply put. It is powerful in its relation. How this isn’t mandatory reading is beyond me. I feel that even excerpts from this work would have substantially and radically changed my perception of my history lessons. The truth can never come too early for children, while sugar-coating history has the same effect as sugar coating teeth- you are left with decay, holes, and false teeth and tales. Perhaps it would be too hard and too brutal, but most of the world is too hard and too brutal, and if we never force ourselves to confront it in our comfortable castles in America, then it will also, inevitably, never change.

  7. Sean Barrs says:

    “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 the hypocrisy of the land of liberation, allowing insight into the prejudices and cruelty these men and women were subjected to.

    This novel is a sad read, such as was the enslavement of Solomon Northup but nonetheless an interesting one. The sadness is personified when you realise he almost accepts the situation when he is with “Master Ford” because of his kind treatment regardless of being a slave. Epps truly was a cruel man, like many other plantation owners at the time. Solomon was truly lucky of the intervention of Bass who rescued him from his persecution without whom, he would have spent the rest of his days forced to work as a Louisianan slave.

  8. Greg says:

    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 writes, Marriage is frequently contracted during the holidays, if such an institution may be said to exist among them. He wasn't one of them. He was a Northerner. Not only does he not consider himself one of them, he wonders here if their marriages are even fully real. That comment struck me immediately as odd; looking back, I remember many of them.

    Solomon Northup was an exceptionally intelligent man. Southern culture wasn't his, and at times he almost seems to take the tone of an anthropological study. Perhaps that's why he includes long tracts on various customs and planting methods. The planting methods are eye opening in giving a true depiction of the slaves' grueling labor, but he goes beyond this to describe the methods in great detail - the irrigation, the plowing process, the sort of mounding for each crop. In the end, I think his objective is much larger than telling his and his fellow slaves' human stories. Much as an anthropologist studying a foreign tribe, he tries to give full picture of the Southern life and culture in that area of the South.

    This focus and his striking intellect make for a unique experience. Yes, sometimes the human story is slowed down a bit by the seeming diversions, but the fuller picture he provides is fascinating as well as searing. If being moved by a human story's raw power is primary, I would recommend Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl first - that book is unforgettable in its immediacy; the reader is pulled directly down into the dark pit of horrors that was slavery. If instead, one wants a fuller historical and cultural study of the period, I would highly recommend this excellent book. In the end though, the distinction is a bit artificial. The world could be improved much if every American were to read both books and many other stories besides from other periods, books that describe periods of history in enough detail that they can be understood not only with the mind but also, even more importantly, with the heart!

  9. Sandeep says:

    “What difference is there in the color of the soul?”

    A powerful and apparently true firsthand account from Solomon Northup, a free black man, tricked and sold to slavery after which he was rescued 12 years hence.

    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. The brutality of the slave masters is so finely detailed, the complete lack of justice so well elucidated and the story unfolded so seamlessly, that a reader wouldn't be faulted for mistaking Northup for an established novelist. The scenes where the lashings takes place and when a child is being separated from her mother is graphic and horrifying.

    I was expecting to be more affected by the pain and violence that I knew slaves experienced at the hands of their masters. However, I found myself more affected by the psychological pain that they had to endure. Northup admits he survived all these years just because of the will to see his family again.

    Twelve Years a Slave is an important and gripping text for its subject and execution, and I highly recommend it.

  10. Richard Knight says:

    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 the book is more about slave life. There's actually a huge difference between the two. While I could empathize more with Solomon in the movie, in the book, you actually get a sense that slave life wasn't as horrific as it truly was, given that Solomon presents a fair depiction of both a kindly slave owner and a tyrannical slave owner. There's also much more hope in the book, which is refreshing, but it makes the situation not feel as dire as it truly was. This is one instance where I think the movie is better than the book.

    Give it a read to get probably the most accurate depiction of slave life ever put to page. Just don't expect it to read like a movie, because it doesn't.