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Synopsis[ edit ] In his home town of Saratoga, New YorkSolomon Northup, a free negro who was a skilled carpenter and violinistwas approached by two circus promoters.

They offered him a brief, high-paying job as a musician with their traveling circus. Without informing his wife, who was away at work in a nearby town, he traveled with the strangers to downstate New York and Washington, D.


Soon after arriving in the capital, he awoke to find himself drugged, bound, and in the cell of a slave pen. When Northup asserted his rights as a free man, he was beaten and warned never again to mention his free life in New York. Transported by ship to New Orleans12 years a slave public domain and other enslaved blacks contracted smallpox and one died.

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In transit, Northup implored a sympathetic sailor to send a letter to his family. The letter arrived safely, but, lacking knowledge of his final destination, Northup's family was unable to effect his rescue.

At times, his carpentry and other skills contributed to his being treated relatively well, but he also suffered extreme cruelty. On two occasions, he was attacked by John Tibeats, a white man he was leased to, and defended himself, for which he suffered severe reprisals. After about two years of enslavement, Northup was sold to Edwin Epps, 12 years a slave public domain notoriously cruel cotton planter.


Epps held Northup enslaved for 10 years, during which time he assigned the New Yorker to various roles from cotton picker, to hauler to 12 years a slave public domain, which required Northup to oversee the work of fellow slaves and punish them for undesirable behavior.

While on Epps' plantation, Northup became friends with a slave girl named Patseywhom he writes about briefly in the book. After being beaten for claiming his free status in Washington, D. Finally he confided his story to Samuel Bass, a white carpenter and abolitionist from Canada working at the Epps plantation.

Bass, at great risk to himself, sent letters to Northup's wife and friends in Saratoga.

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Parker, a white shopkeeper, received one of the letters and sought assistance from Henry B. Northup, a white attorney and politician whose family had held and freed 12 years a slave public domain Northup's father and with whom Solomon had a longtime friendship.

Henry contacted New York state officials. As the state had passed a law in to provide financial resources for the rescue of citizens kidnapped into slavery, the Governor appointed Henry Northup as an agent to travel to Louisiana and work with law enforcement to free Solomon.

Waddill, to assist in securing Solomon Northup's freedom.


Northup later filed charges against the men who sold him into slavery but was unsuccessful in his suit. He returned to New York and reunited with his family there.

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Northup concludes his narrative with the following statement: My narrative is at an end. I have no comments to make upon the subject of Slavery.

Those who read this book may form their own opinions of the " peculiar institution. This is no fiction, no exaggeration.

12 years a slave public domain I have failed in anything, it has been in presenting to the reader too prominently the bright side of the picture. I doubt not hundreds have been as unfortunate as myself; that hundreds of free citizens have been kidnapped and sold into slavery, and are at this moment wearing out their lives on plantations in Texas and Louisiana.

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Chastened and subdued in spirit by the sufferings I have borne, and thankful to that good Being through whose mercy I have been restored to happiness and liberty, I hope henceforward to lead an upright though lowly life, and rest at last in the church yard where my father sleeps.

Stowe's book was published a year before Northup's memoir but by the time she published her rebuttal to critics about accuracy, in her Key, she referred to his story, which had been publicized in newspaper accounts. Stowe wrote, It is a singular coincidence that this man was carried to a plantation in the Red River country, that same region where the scene of Tom's captivity was laid; and his 12 years a slave public domain of this plantation, his mode of life there, and some 12 years a slave public domain which he describes, form a striking parallel to that history.

Northup expresses other arguments against slavery.

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