Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE. NARRATIVE. SÓLOMON NORTHUP,. A CITIZEN OF NEW-YORK,. KIDNAPPED IN WASHINGTON CITY IN ,. RESCUED IN. Google is proud to partner with libraries to digitize public domain materials and make them widely accessible. Public domain books belong to the public and we .
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Download Twelve Years a Slave free in PDF & EPUB format. Download Solomon Northup's Twelve Years a Slave for your kindle, tablet, IPAD. and Return to Freeman's Slave Pen—The downloadr of Eliza, Harry, and .. after a bondage of twelve years—it has been suggested that an account of my life. Free PDF, epub, Kindle ebook. Twelve Years a Slave is a memoir and slave narrative by Solomon Northup, as told to and edited by David Wilson. Northup, a .
Writing about this work, Eric Herschtal noted that "Slave narratives were never intended to give an unbiased view. They were antislavery polemics meant to bring down the institution.
It drew endorsements from major Northern newspapers, anti-slavery organizations, and evangelical groups. It "sold three times as many copies as Frederick Douglass's slave narrative in its first two years.
His account shares some details similar to those of authors who were escaped slaves, such as Frederick Douglass , Harriet Ann Jacobs , and William Wells Brown. However, Northup was unique in documenting his being kidnapped as a free man from the North and sold into slavery.
His perspective was always to compare what he saw to what he knew before while living as a free man in a free state. While there were hundreds of such kidnappings, he was among the few persons who gained freedom again. Eakin and Logsdon in , wrote: "In the last analysis, [the] narrative deserves to be believed, not simply because [Northup] seems to be talking reasonably, not merely because he adorns his tale with compelling and persuasive details.
At every point where materials exist for checking his account, it can be verified. Most of the known court cases of freedom suits related to kidnapping victims were filed in New Orleans, although some were in border states such as Missouri.
One such suit took place in Tuscaloosa, Alabama , where Cornelius Sinclair , a free black man from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , had been sold after being kidnapped in August and transported South with some younger free blacks. He was freed in by a unanimous verdict of an all-white jury. Eakin discovered the story as a child growing up in Louisiana plantation country—the owner of a first edition showed her the book, after finding it in a former plantation home.
Years later, Logsdon had a student from an old Louisiana family who brought a copy of the original book to class; her family had owned it for more than a century.
Together Logsdon and Eakin studied Northup's account, documenting it through the slave sales records of Washington, D. They found his father's freeman's decree, and the case files for the legal work that restored Northup's freedom and prosecuted his abductors.
In , Eakin and Logsdon's thoroughly annotated edition of the original book was published by Louisiana State University Press, shedding new light on Northup's account and establishing its historic significance. That book has been widely used by scholars and in classrooms for more than 40 years, and is still in print. In , Logsdon was invited by scholars in upstate New York to participate in a search for Solomon's grave.
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Twelve years a slave: From thence he removed to Granville, Washington county, near a place known as Slyborough, where, for some years, he labored on the farm of Clark Northup, also a relative of his old master; from thence he removed to the Alden farm, at Moss Street, a short distance north of the village of Sandy Hill; and from thence to the farm now owned by Russel Pratt, situated on the road leading from Fort Edward to Argyle, where he continued to reside until his death, which took place on the 22d day of November, He left a widow and two children — myself, and Joseph, an elder brother.
The latter is still living in the county of Oswego, near the city of that name; my mother died during the period of my captivity. Though born a slave, and laboring under the disadvantages to which my unfortunate race is subjected, my father was a man respected for his industry and integrity, as many now living, who well remember him, are ready to testify.
His whole life was passed in the peaceful pursuits of agriculture, never seeking employment in those more menial positions, which seem to be especially allotted to the children of Africa. Besides giving us an education surpassing that ordinarily bestowed upon children in our condition, he acquired, by his diligence and economy, a sufficient property qualification to entitle him to the right of suffrage.
He was accustomed to speak to us of his early life; and although at all times cherishing the warmest emotions of kindness, and even of affection towards the family, in whose house he had been a bondsman, he nevertheless comprehended the system of Slavery, and dwelt with sorrow on the degradation of his race. He endeavored to imbue our minds with sentiments of morality, and to teach us to place our, trust and confidence in Him who regards the humblest as well as the highest of his creatures.
How often since that time has the recollection of his paternal counsels occurred to me, while lying in a slave hut in the distant and sickly regions of Louisiana, smarting with the undeserved wounds which an inhuman master had inflicted, and longing only for the grave which had covered him, to shield me also from the lash of the oppressor.