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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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[Page 40] Chapter III.

[Page 40] Chapter III.

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Twelve Years a Slave
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Solomon Northup

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807869444_northup.6

This chapter describes the room in which the author was confined. It was about twelve feet square—the walls of solid masonry. The floor was of heavy plank. There was one small window, crossed with great iron bars, with an outside shutter, securely fastened. An iron-bound door led into an adjoining cell, or vault, wholly destitute of windows, or any means of admitting light. The furniture of the room consisted of the wooden bench on which the author sat, an old-fashioned, dirty box stove, and besides these, in either cell, there was neither bed, nor blanket, nor any other thing whatever. The door, through which Burch and Radburn entered, led through a small passage, up a flight of steps into a yard, surrounded by a brick wall ten or twelve feet high, immediately to the rear of a building of the same width as itself.

Keywords:   solid masonry, heavy plank, iron-bound door, vault, Burch, Radburn

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