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Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853

Solomon Northup and David Wilson


After living as a free man for the first thirty-three years of his life, Solomon Northup was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery, leaving behind a wife and three children in New York. Sold to a Louisiana plantation owner who was also a Baptist preacher, Northup proceeded to serve several masters, some who were brutally cruel and others whose humanity he praised. After years of bondage, he met an outspoken abolitionist from Canada who notified Northup's family of his whereabouts, and he was subsequently rescued by an official agent of the state of New York. Twelve Years a Slave is his acc ... More

Keywords: free man, Solomon Northup, slavery, New York, Louisiana, plantation owner, abolitionist, sugar cane plantations, slave narrative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780807869437
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807869444_northup


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Solomon Northup, author

David Wilson, editor