Twelve Years a Slave: Including ; Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - Wordsworth Classics of World Literature (Paperback)
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Twelve Years a Slave: Including ; Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - Wordsworth Classics of World Literature (Paperback)

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'I was sitting upon a low bench, made of rough boards, and without coat or hat. I was handcuffed. Around my ankles also were a pair of heavy fetters. One end of a chain was fastened to a large ring in the floor, the other to fetters on my ankles ...Then did the idea begin to break upon my mind, at first dim and confused, that I had been kidnapped.' Solomon Northup's kidnap in 1841 tore him away from a life of relative comfort as a free-born African-American farmer and violinist in New York, and marked the beginning of twelve years enslavement in the plantations of the Deep South. His narrative, published on his escape, was an important testimony for the abolitionist movement and became a bestseller before falling into obscurity for a century. Recovered in 1968, the book is valued by historians for its rare insights into the slave economy and by readers of all kinds for its moving account of the struggle against a dehumanizing system. Twelve Years is combined in this volume with the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Douglass was a social reformer, orator, writer and statesman, who was for many the living disproof of the argument that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as American citizens.

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
ISBN: 9781840225877
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 227 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm

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“Read it and you will understand.”

Having seen the film version of this I thought I was prepared to read Solomon's story but I really was not. Reading his story in his own words, hearing him tell his tale, his own struggles, doubts and... More

Paperback edition
3rd October 2015
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Bookdragon Sean

““My sufferings I can compare to nothing else than the burning agonies of hell!””

This book is told from the view point of a man who was a slave, not some historian’s interpretation of the events or a novelist’s aggrandisement. It is a frank narrative of the events that surrounded one man’s... More

Paperback edition
28th April 2015
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