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Twelve Years a SlaveNarrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853$
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Solomon Northup and David Wilson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807869437

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869444_northup

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Chapter I.

Chapter I.

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(p.24) Chapter I.
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Twelve Years a Slave
Author(s):

Solomon Northup

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807869444_northup.4

This chapter shows that the author was born a freeman, and for more than thirty years enjoyed the blessings of liberty in a free State. Having at the end of that time been kidnapped and sold into Slavery—where the author remained, until happily rescued in the month of January, 1853, after a bondage of twelve years—it was suggested that an account of his life and fortunes would not be uninteresting to the public. Since his return to liberty, the author had not failed to perceive the increasing interest throughout the Northern States in regard to the subject of Slavery. Works of fiction, professing to portray its features in their more pleasing as well as more repugnant aspects, had been circulated to an extent unprecedented, and had created a fruitful topic of comment and discussion.

Keywords:   freeman, blessings of liberty, free State, Slavery, bondage, Northern States

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