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    New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Golden Globe Winner for
    Best Drama 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 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, where you'll
    find instructions for downloading your 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
    joyful 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 a thousand miles 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 - from
    the collapse of a slave rebellion resulting in mass hangings due
    to traitorous slave Lew Cheney, to the tragic abuse of his friend
    Patsey because of Mrs. Epps' jealously of her husband's sexual
    exploitation of his pretty young slave. 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 are excerpts from the original
    1853 reviews following publication of the narrative: "...the
    extraordinary narrative of Solomon Northup is the most remarkable
    book that was ever issued from the American press." - Detroit
    Tribune "It's truth is far greater than fiction." - Frederick
    Douglass, writer, orator, former slave and abolitionist
    CONTEMPORARY COMMENTARY: "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.