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Northup, Solomon 1808-1863

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Works: 146 works in 899 publications in 17 languages and 24,923 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Drama  Biographical films  Historical films  Film adaptations  Autobiographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Sources 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Contributor, Composer
Classifications: E444, 306.362092
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Twelve years a slave by Solomon Northup( Book )

156 editions published between 1853 and 2017 in 14 languages and held by 3,629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

SYNOPSIS: Hard working Solomon Northup, an educated free man of color in 1841, enjoys family life with his wife and three children in Saratoga, New York. He delights his community with his fiddle playing and has positive expectations of all he meets. When he is deceived by "circus promoters" to accompany them to a musical gig in the nation's capital, his joyful life takes an unimaginable turn. He awakens in shackles to find he has been drugged, kidnapped and bound for the slave block in D.C. After Solomon is shipped a thousand miles to New Orleans, he is assigned his slave name and quickly learns that the mere utterance of his true origin or rights as a freeman are certain to bring severe punishment or death. While he endures the brutal life of a slave in Louisiana's isolated Bayou Boeuf plantation country, he must learn how to play the system and plot his escape home. For 12 years, his fine mind captures the reality of slavery in stunning detail, as we learn about the characters that populate plantation society and the intrigues of the bayou - from the collapse of a slave rebellion resulting in mass hangings due to traitorous slave Lew Cheney, to the tragic abuse of his friend Patsey because of Mrs. Epps' jealously of her husband's sexual exploitation of his pretty young slave. When Solomon finally finds a sympathizing friend who risks his life to secret a letter to the North, a courageous rescue attempt ensues that could either compound Solomon's suffering, or get him back to the arms of his family
Twelve years a slave by Solomon Northup( Book )

86 editions published between 1853 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born a free man in New York State in 1808, Solomon Northup was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841. He spent the next twelve harrowing years of his life as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation. During this time he was frequently abused and often afraid for his life. After regaining his freedom in 1853, Northup decided to publish this gripping autobiographical account of his captivity. As an educated man, Northup was able to present an exceptionally detailed and accurate description of slave life and plantation society. Indeed, this book is probably the fullest, most realistic picture of the 'peculiar institution' during the three decades before the Civil War. Moreover, Northup tells his story both from the viewpoint of an outsider, who had experienced thirty years of freedom and dignity in the United States before his capture, and as a slave, reduced to total bondage and submission. Very few personal accounts of American slavery were written by slaves with a similar history. Published in 1853, Northup's book found a ready audience and almost immediately became a bestseller. Aside from its vivid depiction of the detention, transportation, and sale of slaves, Twelve years a slave is admired for its classic accounts of cotton and sugar production, its uncannily precise recall of people, times, and places, and the compelling details that recreate the daily routine of slaves in the Gulf South"--Back cover
12 Years a Slave by Steve McQueen( Visual )

24 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een vrije zwarte man wordt in 1841 onder valse voorwendsels ontvoerd en verkocht als slaaf
Twelve years a slave: the thrilling story of a free colored man, kidnapped in Washington in 1841, sold into slavery, and after twelve years' bondage, reclaimed by state authority from a cotton plantation in Louisiana by Solomon Northup( )

9 editions published between 1890 and 2013 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. Born a free man in New York, Solomon Northup was abducted in Washington, D.C., in 1841 and spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation. After his rescue, he published this exceptionally vivid and detailed account of slave life--perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives. It became an immediate bestseller and today is recognized for its unusual insight and eloquence as one of the very few portraits of American slavery produced by someone as educated as Solomon Northup, or by someone with the dual perspective of having been both a free man and a slave"--
12 Years a Slave : a Memoir of Kidnap, Slavery and Liberation by Solomon Northup( )

2 editions published between 1968 and 2013 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The astonishing memoir of a free man who was sold into slavery in Louisiana where he was kept for 12 years{u2014}a powerful, riveting condemnation of slavery, and a story soon to be introduced to a new audience through a major film Tricked by two men offering him a job as a musician in New York state in 1841, Solomon Northup was instead drugged and kidnapped. Threatened with death, Northup 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. In the 12 years that followed he was sold to many different owners who treated him with varying levels of savagery, including forced labor, scant food, and numerous beatings. Eventually Northup succeeded in contacting Samuel Bass, a white carpenter whom he knew to be sympathetic to the cause of black people. Bass contacted Northup's family and together they gained the necessary paperwork to travel to Louisiana to retrieve him. Northup pressed charges against his captors but in a triumph of irony the case was heard in Washington{u2014}meaning that as a black man he could not testify against the accused (in the end they were able to countersue him.) A true-life testament to tremendous courage and tenacity in the face of unfathomable injustice, Northup's account is also of extreme interest due to the meticulous recordings of slave life. Unique in its firsthand nature, the book became a runaway bestseller
12 years a slave by Solomon Northup( Recording )

29 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and German and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

12 Years a Slave is the harrowing account of a black man, born free in New York State, who was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in 1841. Having no way to contact his family, and fearing for his life if he told the truth, Solomon Northup was sold from plantation to plantation in Louisiana, toiling under cruel masters for twelve years before meeting Samuel Bass, a Canadian who finally put him in touch with his family, and helped start the process to regain his freedom. This extraordinary text is the basis for the major motion picture starring Brad Pitt
Twelve Years a Slave : Classic 1968 Edition with Historical Notes by Solomon Northup( )

5 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The classic 1968 edition with historical notes WITH A NEW foreword by Karolyn Smardz Frost. Solomon Northup was a free man, the son of an emancipated Negro Slave. Until the spring of 1841 he lived a simple, uneventful life with his wife and three children in Upstate New York. Then, suddenly, he fell victim to a series of bizarre events that make this one of the most amazing autobiographies ever written. Northup accepted an offer from two strangers in Saratoga, New York, to catch up with their traveling circus and play in its band. But when the chase ended, Northup had been drugg
12 anni schiavo( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in Multiple languages and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stati Uniti, 1841. Solomon Northup, un nero nato libero, viene rapito e venduto coem schiavo. Misurandosi con la più feroce crudeltà personificata dal mercante di schiavi Epps, ma anche con gesti di inaspettata gentilezza, lotta per non perdere la sua dignità di uomo. Nel dodicesimo anno della sua odissea, l'incontro con un abolizionista canadese cambierà per sempre la sua vita
A true story by Solomon Northup( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in Undetermined and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve Years a Slave : Die wahre Geschichte by Solomon Northup( Book )

7 editions published in 2014 in German and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der freie Afroamerikaner Solomon Northup lebt 1841 mit Frau und Kindern im Bundesstaat New York. Eines Tages wird er von 2 Fremden als Geigenspieler engagiert. Sie betäuben ihn und verkaufen ihn als Sklaven an einen Plantagenbesitzer in Louisiana. Eine 12 Jahre dauernde Odyssee beginnt
Uncle Tom's Cabin : the illustrated 1886 edition, plus, 12 years a slave by Harriet Beecher Stowe( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE (ILLUSTRATED) (TWO PENCE BOOKS) by Solomon Northup( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Solomon Northup was born a free man in New York State. At the age of 33 he was kidnapped in Washington D.C. and placed in an underground slave pen. Northup was transported by ship to New Orleans where he was sold into slavery. He spent the next 12 years working as a carpenter, driver, and cotton picker. This narrative reveals how Northup survived the harsh conditions of slavery, including smallpox, lashings, and an attempted hanging
TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE (ILLUSTRATED) (INKFLIGHT) by Solomon Northup( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Solomon Northup was born a free man in New York State. At the age of 33 he was kidnapped in Washington D.C. and placed in an underground slave pen. Northup was transported by ship to New Orleans where he was sold into slavery. He spent the next 12 years working as a carpenter, driver, and cotton picker. This narrative reveals how Northup survived the harsh conditions of slavery, including smallpox, lashings, and an attempted hanging
12 years a slave : the illustrated 1863 edition by Solomon Northup( )

2 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve Years a Slave is the immensely popular memoir of Solomon Northup, a free-born African-American who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. in 1841 and sold into slavery. He toiled on plantations in Louisiana under the harshest of conditions until his release in 1853. The 2013 film was a runaway box office success, and picked up three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The original memoir, digitally reproduced here, makes for fascinating reading.Sayre Street Books offers the world's greatest literature in easy to navigate, beautifully designed digital editions
Twelve years a slave : and other slave narratives by Solomon Northup( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve years a slave : excerpts from the narrative of Solomon Northup by Solomon Northup( Recording )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A free black man from New York, kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841 at the age of thirty-three, tells of his twelve years as a slave in Louisiana
12 jaar slaaf by Solomon Northup( Recording )

1 edition published in 2014 in Dutch and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een vrije zwarte man wordt in 1841 onder valse voorwendsels ontvoerd en verkocht als slaaf
Twelve years a slave. Narrative, etc by Solomon Northup( Book )

1 edition published in 1969 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Puttin' on ole massa : the slave narratives of Henry Bibb, William Wells Brown, and Solomon Northup by Gilbert Osofsky( Book )

6 editions published between 1969 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<> by Solomon Northup( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Twelve years a slave
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Twelve years a slaveStolen into slavery : the true story of Solomon Northup, free black manSolomon Northup's odyssey : twelve years a slaveVoice in the slave narratives of Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, and Solomon NorthrupSolomon Northup's Twelve years a slave : and plantation life in the antebellum SouthNineteenth-Century literature criticism. Volume 105Solomon Northup's Twelve years a slave : 1841-1853
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Solomon Northup Amerikaans schrijver (1808-1863)

Solomon Northup écrivain américain

Solomon Northup musicista e scrittore statunitense

Solomon Northup scriitor american

Solomon Northup US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Соломон Нортап американский гражданин, фермер, скрипач, мемуарист

Соломон Нортап Фермер, скрипкашы, мемуарист және америка азаматы

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נורת'אפ, סולומון 1808-1863?

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سالومون نورثاپ

سولمون نورثوب

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노섭, 솔로몬 1808-ca. 1870

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