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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 65] Chapter V.

[Page 65] Chapter V.

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Twelve Years a Slave

Solomon Northup

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the author's time on the brig Orleans. Passing into Chesapeake Bay, they arrived next day opposite the city of Norfolk. While lying at anchor, a lighter approached them from the town, bringing four more slaves. Frederick, a boy of eighteen, had been born a slave, as also had Henry, who was some years older. They had both been house servants in the city. Maria was a rather genteel looking colored girl, with a faultless form, but ignorant and extremely vain. The idea of going to New Orleans was pleasing to her. She entertained an extravagantly high opinion of her own attractions. Assuming a haughty mien, she declared to her companions, that immediately on our arrival in New Orleans, she had no doubt, some wealthy single gentleman of good taste would purchase her at once.

Keywords:   Orleans, Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk, slaves, Frederick, Henry, Maria

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