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12 Years a Slave: A Memoir Of Kidnap, Slavery And Liberation (Hesperus Classics) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Solomon Northup

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11. Januar 2013 Hesperus Classics
The astonishing memoir of a free man who was sold into slavery in Louisiana where he was kept for 12 years—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—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.

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Solomon Northup (1864-1875) was an African American carpenter who was born free in Minerva, Essex County, New York, but was bound into slavery later in life for a period of 12 years. He regained his freedom in January of 1853.

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent book, terrible edition. 23. November 2013
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This is an excellent book that is, unfortunately, terribly edited. I refer exclusively to the Kindle edition. It is replete with typos and missing words that frequently interrupt comprehension and that testify to an overall sloppiness that is difficult to excuse. If I had to guess, this was mechanically transformed from a paper to a kindle edition, with little or no human oversight. This lack of oversight shows on almost a page by page basis - and speaks extremely poorly of the overall quality. This is a real shame, because the book itself is indispensable reading for anyone who wants to *begin* to confront the trauma of slavery - a trauma that continues to inflect American and global affairs to this day.
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The fact that the manuscript may have been manipulated for Kindle should not be the determining factor in whether or not you read this book! The story is a personal history of one man's life as a slave. It is much more should the reader care to exercise thought and analysis prompted by the story itself. The inhumanity of slavery is well documented. Here the reader has the opportunity to assess also the character of those who held other humans in bondage. Can anyone who claims a human heart and mind defend the innumerable ways in which a slave was denied access to even the smallest comforts, denied access to any possibility of self education or reliance, denied the bonds of family or friends, denied food, denied rest; and rewarded for service that immeasurably enriched his "owner" and his community - even to this very day - with a life of degradation and inhuman cruelty, inflicted however and whenever the mood struck him. I don't think it necessary or relevant to note the exception here. The institution itself denies any credit to those who may have practiced it in a less debauched manner. The discussion should instead focus on how this horror, perpetrated on our citizens, continues to effect lives and communities today. With a deeper understanding of what happened, perhaps there can be a deeper commitment to creating a country where we can make a choice to live in ways that support respect and kindness toward all. Read the book. Think about it. Ask yourself, " Why are there ghettos in our country?" Why is that even tolerated. There, too, live many who have lost all hope. Do you really believe that had your ancestors been denied every human right and comfort, had you been subjected to every fear and depravity imaginable, that you would easily be able, in a land where many still view you as inherently "less than," to somehow put all of that aside and just assimilate into the very society that tortured your ancestors? Oh what entitlements (or scarcity of same) are unjustly ascribed to the accident of birth.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen 12 Years of Slavery 26. Oktober 2013
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Solomon Northup was an educated free man who worked in New York and was brutally kidnapped and sold into slavery and ends up in Louisiana. A true story a man without his family for twelve years.I saw the movie today and was glad I had read the book. The cast of authors in the movie was a heart wretched life to live.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mesmerizing 24. Oktober 2013
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Highly recommend this book I couldn't put it down. The story was eloquently told. I look forward to seeing the movie.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The read is better than the movie 7. März 2014
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An Oscar winning movie is bested by the written word. Perhaps the movie is the best way to get the story told to millions but the mind's eye did an excellent job of understanding the horror of slavery.
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