Twelve Years a Slave Enhanced Edition by Dr Sue Eakin Based on a Lifetime Project New Info Images Maps
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AUDIBLE AUDIOBOOK BY LOUIS GOSSETT, JR.
"I wish to thank this amazing historian, Sue Eakin, who gave her life's work to preserving Solomon's story"
-- Steve McQueen, 2014 Academy Awards acceptance speech for Best Picture
In this enhanced/authenticated edition by Dr. Sue Eakin of the riveting true slave narrative that reads like a novel,
you are transported to 1840's New York, Washington, D.C., and Louisiana to experience the kidnapping and twelve years of
bondage of Solomon Northup, a free man of color. TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE, published in 1853, was an immediate bombshell in
the national debate over slavery leading up to the Civil War. It validated Harriett Beecher Stowe's fictional account of
Southern slavery in Uncle Tom's Cabin, which significantly changed public opinion in favor of abolition. Now a major
motion picture, "12 Years a Slave" by Director Steve McQueen (produced by Brad Pitt), you can sync this e-book with our
Movie Tie-in Audiobook performed by Oscar and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr.
Northup's harrowing true story was authenticated from decades of research by award-winning historian and journalist Dr.
Sue Eakin, who rediscovered the narrative in 1931 as an adolescent and made it her life's work. Dr. Eakin's enhanced
e-book includes the original narrative plus over 100 pages of fascinating new background information based on her
research and photos. A portion of proceeds from this book supports organizations fighting modern-day slavery in the form
of human trafficking. To enhance your book and movie experience see our website listed in the e-book's sample pages and
download a free PDF Collector's Extra for your library.
SYNOPSIS: Hard working Solomon Northup, an educated free man of color in 1841, enjoys family life with his wife and
three children in Saratoga, New York. He delights his community with his fiddle playing and has positive expectations of
all he meets. When he is deceived by "circus promoters" to accompany them to a musical gig in the nation's capital, his
life takes an unimaginable turn. He awakens in shackles to find he has been drugged, kidnapped and bound for the slave
block in D.C. After Solomon is shipped to New Orleans, he is assigned his slave name and quickly learns that the mere
utterance of his true origin or rights as a freeman are certain to bring severe punishment or death. While he endures
the brutal life of a slave in Louisiana's isolated Bayou Boeuf plantation country, he must learn how to play the system
and plot his escape home.
For 12 years, his fine mind captures the reality of slavery in stunning detail, as we learn about the characters that
populate plantation society and the intrigues of the bayou. When Solomon finally finds a sympathizing friend who risks
his life to secret a letter to the North, a courageous rescue attempt ensues that could either compound Solomon's
suffering, or get him back to the arms of his family.
REVIEWS - Below is from the original 1853 reviews of the narrative:
"...the extraordinary narrative of Solomon Northup is the most remarkable book that was ever issued from the American
press." - Detroit Tribune
"I can never read his account of his days in slavery, of his independence of spirit, of his determination to be free...
without believing that it would make a difference in today's world if our contemporaries knew of such a man as Solomon
Northup" - Dr. John Hope Franklin, past president of the American Historical Association, best-selling author, recipient
of Presidential Medal of Freedom (nation's highest civilian honor). Written to Dr. Sue Eakin.
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