Twelve Years a Slave

Twelve Years a Slave

About Twelve Years a Slave

Twelve Years a Slave (1853; sub-title: Narrative of Solomon Northup, a citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana) is the written work of Solomon Northup - a man who was born free, but was bound into slavery later in life. The book, which was originally published in 1853, tells the story of how two men approached Northup under the guise of circus promoters who were interested in his violin skills. They offered him a generous but fair amount of money to work for their circus, and then offered to put him up in a hotel in Washington D.C. Upon arriving there he was drugged, bound, and moved to a slave pen in the city owned by a man named James Burch, which was located in the Yellow House, which was one of several sites where Blacks were sold on the National Mall in DC.

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