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The extraordinary true story of Solomon Northup, a free African-American living in New York in 1841, who was kidnapped, sold into slavery, and subjected to unimaginable degradation and abuse until his rescue twelve years later. This moving and utterly brutal book is a harrowing account of his life in the sugar and cotton plantations of Louisiana, subject to varying degrees of savagery and abuse by a series of owners. Against all odds, Northup eventually manages to get word to his family – and the ensuing rescue from the drunken and sadistic Mr Epps and subsequent legal cases are no less shocking than the rest of the tale. Northup’s meticulous first-hand recordings of slave life, written in conjunction with a white lawyer called David Wilson, provide a true-life testament to tremendous courage and resolve in the face of unspeakable injustice. Now a major Hollywood film, winner of Best Picture at the 2014 Academy Awards, and directed by Steve McQueen – starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch. This brand-new edition is beautifully reproduced from the 1863 edition. “Apostrophe’s beautifully crafted ebook classics will please fans of old and new media alike.” – Dr Matthew Rubery, BA (Texas) PhD (Harvard), Reader in 19th-Century Literature. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

Biographie de l'auteur

Solomon Northup (July 1808 – after 1857) was a free-born African American from Saratoga Springs, New York. He is noted for having been kidnapped in 1841 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 plantation owner from Rapides Parish, Louisiana. After 12 years in bondage, he regained his freedom in January 1853; he was one of very few to do so in such cases. Held in the Red River region of Louisiana by several different owners, he got news to his family, who contacted friends and enlisted the Governor of New York, Washington Hunt in his cause. New York state had passed a law in 1840 to recover African-American residents who had been kidnapped and sold into slavery.

Northup sued the slave traders in Washington, DC, but lost in the local court. District of Columbia law prohibited him as a black man from testifying against whites and, without his testimony, he was unable to sue for civil damages. The two men were charged with the crime of kidnapping and remanded into custody on $5000 bail but without Northup's testimony a conviction could not be secured and the men were released. Returning to his family in New York, Northup became active in abolitionism. He published an account of his experiences in Twelve Years a Slave (1853) in his first year of freedom. Northup gave dozens of lectures throughout the Northeast on his experiences as a slave in order to support the abolitionist cause.

The circumstances of Northup's death are uncertain and no contemporary record of him exists after 1857.

Solomon Northup's memoir was reprinted several times later in the 19th century. An annotated version was published in 1968, edited by Sue Eakin and Joseph Logsdon. Since 1999, Saratoga Springs, New York, has celebrated an annual Solomon Northup Day. The memoir was adapted and produced as a 2013 film with the same name by Steve McQueen, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as Northup. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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  • Relié: 108 pages
  • Editeur : Two Pence Books (4 avril 2014)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1927970415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1927970416
  • Dimensions du produit: 15,2 x 1 x 22,9 cm
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Elena Fieraru le 18 mai 2014
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Non, ce ne sont pas les esclaves d'"Autant emporte le vent". On savait que l'esclavage était dur, inhumain, mais là...là cette histoire vous prend aux tripes. Oui, des humains ont fait"ça" à leurs semblables. Sans compter la ségrégation qui a suivi et qui a eu tant de mal à s'effacer. IL FAUT LIRE CE LIVRE ! Je ne sais pas s'il a été traduit. Je n'ai pas vu le film encore, mais je pense que même ceux qui l'ont vu, devraient lire le livre.
C'est écrit dans un anglais un peu archaïque, mais on comprend très bien.
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Par jacques massias le 29 juin 2014
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Le texte n'est évidemment pas en cause mais le format est celui d'un opuscule long et étroit et la typographie est minuscule, rendant la lecture pénible.
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12 Years a Slave 13 février 2014
Par Kashedra Logan - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Ok, so of course the heaviness of the book is nothing you would say is "good" to read about but it's very captivating. I saw the movie first and then became obsessed with finding out his whole story. I really wanted to know all that happened during his time being enslaved. The movie very closely mirrors the book with the exception of some details. Like, in the movie they don't tell you that the non-respected loser Tibeats was Solomon's master after William Ford. Which had to suck because he was very hateful and was always trying to provoke Solomon or flipping out for absolutely no reason at all. I got a better idea of the characters from reading the book. The way Solomon talked about Ford I could tell that he really had strong admiration for him and he definitely wasn't as bad a "master" as others that he would encounter. Michael Fassbender who played Edwin Epps did a great job in the movie but the book gives a very clear depiction(as a drunk, sadistic, crazy fool) of this Epps character and it's 10 times worse then the movie version of him. I would say if you want to know what really happened and what was going on in his head during his time down in Louisiana read this book. It will make you sad just like the movie because its a very sad topic but I liked that it was Solomon's words telling me his story so it was worth the read.
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Beautiful writing style 7 janvier 2014
Par Jill - Publié sur
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The writing style is superb, lyrical and robust. The way that Northrup uses one word to eliminate entire phrases we now use in language. For example Northrup owned land sufficient to obtain suffrage in NY State in the 1840s. Beautiful!

He talked of his collusion with the other slaves so as a driver when he "whipped them" he never touched them but they made sure to writhe and scream. He wanted to live to see his family and never was turned to the evil side.

The book parallels today's society. To quote Plato "The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." If we do nothing, evil will prevail.

I highly recommend reading this amazing real life story.
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An inspirational an gutwrenching story! A must read... 17 décembre 2013
Par Lauren Boucher - Publié sur
Format: Relié
This is an inspiration story that takes you through one of the darkest periods in US history. Northup was held as a slave for 12 years in the two decades leading to the Civil War. His candid account about what happened to him while in captivity, is a testament to human perseverance. At the end of each chapter, I was eager to continue reading, to find out what became of Northup. At one point, he is left under a tree, with a noose around his neck for hours. At another point he is chased into the woods by hunting dogs, that have been known to kill runaway slaves. I felt myself routing for Northup at every turn, and looking forward to the point in the story where he is delivered from slavery.
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Good content; poor print 25 novembre 2013
Par Paulette Horn - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
The content of the book is wonderful, but the book itself is full of errors. Some pages have repeated passages, missing punctuation, etc.
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Harsh reality - paints a picture of the past and explains the present 7 décembre 2013
Par David - Publié sur
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For many, the picture of the South and slavery springs from "Gone with the Wind" or the Chevy Chase scene on the porch of his character's plantation. The contrast between those images and the reflections of Solomon Northup is harsh. Not for the squeamish, this book will put hair on your chest and dirt under your fingernails. When I finished this book, I said to myself, "Got it." This story documents slavery through the Civil War, explains the resistance to equal rights (civil rights), and documents the plights of the descendants of the black and white people of the South.
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