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Twelve Years a Slave
by Solomon Northup and Ira Berlin and Henry Louis Gates


Overview - Now the major motion picture that won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture, starringChiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, andLupita Nyong o, and directed by Steve McQueen

Perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history.
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Overview
Now the major motion picture that won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture, starringChiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, andLupita Nyong o, and directed by Steve McQueen

Perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives, Twelve Years a Slaveis a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. It recounts how Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, was lured to Washington, D.C., in 1841 with the promise of fast money, then drugged and beaten and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity on a Louisiana cotton plantation.
After his rescue, Northup published this exceptionally vivid and detailed account of slave life. 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.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780143106708
  • ISBN-10: 0143106708
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish Date: July 2012
  • Page Count: 240
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds

Series: Penguin Classics

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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Cultural Heritage
Books > Social Science > Slavery
Books > History > United States - 19th Century

 
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