12 Years a Slave A Memoir of Kidnap, Slavery and Liberation

ISBN-10: 0486411435

ISBN-13: 9780486411439

Edition: N/A

Authors: Solomon Northup

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Kidnapped into slavery in 1841, Northup spent 12 years in captivity. This autobiographical memoir represents an exceptionally detailed and accurate description of slave life and plantation society. "A moving, vital testament to one of slavery's 'many thousand gone' who retained his humanity in the bowels of degradation . . ."-Saturday Review. 7 illus. Index.
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List price: $9.95
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/6/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Editor's Preface
The Northup Family
Birth and Parentage
Mintus Northup
Marriage with Anne Hampton
Good Resolutions
Champlain Canal
Rafting Excursion to Canada
The Violin
Removal to Saratoga
Parker and Perry
Slaves and Slavery
The Children
The Beginning of Sorrow
The two Strangers
The Circus Company
Departure from Saratoga
Ventriloquism and Legerdemain
Journey to New-York
Free Papers
Brown and Hamilton
The haste to reach the Circus
Arrival in Washington
Funeral of Harrison
The Sudden Sickness
The Torment of Thirst
The Receding Light
Chains and Darkness
Painful Meditations
James H. Burch
Williams' Slave Pen in Washington
The Lackey, Radburn
Assert my Freedom
The Anger of the Trader
The Paddle and Cat-o'-nine-tails
The Whipping
New Acquaintances
Ray, Williams, and Randall
Arrival of Little Emily and her Mother in the Pen
Maternal Sorrows
The Story of Eliza
Eliza's Sorrows
Preparation to Embark
Driven Through the Streets of Washington
Hail, Columbia
The Tomb of Washington
Clem Ray
The Breakfast on the Steamer
The happy Birds
Aquia Creek
Arrival in Richmond
Goodin and his Slave Pen
Robert, of Cincinnati
David and his Wife
Mary and Lethe
Clem's Return
His subsequent Escape to Canada
The Brig Orleans
James H. Burch
Arrival at Norfolk
Frederick and Maria
Arthur, the Freeman
Appointed Steward
Jim, Cuffee, and Jenny
The Storm
Bahama Banks
The Calm
The Conspiracy
The Long Boat
The Small-Pox
Death of Robert
Manning, the Sailor
The Meeting in the Forecastle
The Letter
Arrival at New-Orleans
Arthur's Rescue
Theophilus Freeman, the Consignee
First Night in the New-Orleans Slave Pen
Freeman's Industry
Cleanliness and Clothes
Exercising in the Show Room
The Dance
Bob, the Fiddler
Arrival of Customers
Slaves Examined
The Old Gentleman of New-Orleans
Sale of David, Caroline, and Lethe
Parting of Randall and Eliza
The Hospital
Recovery and Return to Freeman's Slave Pen
The Purchaser of Eliza, Harry, and Platt
Eliza's Agony on Parting from Little Emily
The Steamboat Rodolph
Departure from New-Orleans
William Ford
Arrival at Alexandria, on Red River
The Great Pine Woods
Wild Cattle
Martin's Summer Residence
The Texas Road
Arrival at Master Ford's
Mistress Ford
Sally and her Children
John, the Cook
Walter, Sam, and Antony
The Mills on Indian Creek
Sabbath Days
Sam's Conversion
The Profit of kindness
Adam Taydem, the Little White Man
Cascalla and his Tribe
The Indian Ball
John M. Tibeats
The Storm approaching
Ford's Embarrassments
The Sale to Tibeats
The Chattel Mortgage
Mistress Ford's Plantation on Bayou Boeuf
Description of the Latter
Ford's Brother-in-law, Peter Tanner
Meeting with Eliza
She still Mourns for her Children
Ford's Overseer, Chapin
Tibeats' Abuse
The Keg of Nails
The First Fight with Tibeats
His Discomfiture and Castigation
The attempt to Hang me
Chapin's Interference and Speech
Unhappy Reflections
Abrupt Departure of Tibeats, Cook, and Ramsey
Lawson and the Brown Mule
Message to the Pine Woods
The Hot Sun
Yet bound
The Cords sink into my Flesh
Chapin's Uneasiness
Rachel, and her Cup of Water
Suffering increases
The Happiness of Slavery
Arrival of Ford
He cuts the Cords which bind me, and takes the Rope from my Neck
The gathering of the Slaves in Eliza's Cabin
Their Kindness
Rachel Repeats the Occurrences of the Day
Lawson entertains his Companions with an Account of his Ride
Chapin's apprehensions of Tibeats
Hired to Peter Tanner
Peter expounds the Scriptures
Description of the Stocks
Return to Tibeats
Impossibility of pleasing him
He attacks me with a Hatchet
The Struggle over the Broad Axe
The Temptation to Murder him
Escape across the Plantation
Observations from the Fence
Tibeats approaches, followed by the Hounds
They take my Track
Their loud Yells
They almost overtake me
I reach the Water
The Hounds confused
Moccasin Snakes
Night in the "Great Pacoudrie Swamp"
The Sounds of Life
North-West Course
Emerge into the Pine Woods
Slave and his Young Master
Arrival at Ford's
Food and Rest
The Mistress' Garden
The Crimson and Golden Fruit
Orange and Pomegranate Trees
Return to Bayou Boeuf
Master Ford's Remarks on the way
The Meeting with Tibeats
His Account of the Chase
Ford censures his Brutality
Arrival at the Plantation
Astonishment of the Slaves on seeing me
The anticipated Flogging
Kentucky John
Mr. Eldret, the Planter
Eldret's Sam
Trip to the "Big Cane Brake"
The Tradition of "Sutton's Field"
Forest Trees
Gnats and Mosquitoes
The Arrival of Black Women in the Big Cane
Lumber Women
Sudden Appearance of Tibeats
His Provoking Treatment
Visit to Bayou Boeuf
The Slave Pass
Southern Hospitality
The Last of Eliza
Sale to Edwin Epps
Personal Appearance of Epps
Epps, Drunk and Sober
A Glimpse of his History
Cotton Growing
The Mode of Ploughing and Preparing Ground
Of Planting, of Hoeing, of Picking, of Treating Raw Hands
The difference in Cotton Pickers
Patsey a remarkable one
Tasked according to Ability
Beauty of a Cotton Field
The Slave's Labors
Fear of Approaching the Gin-House
Cabin Life
The Corn Mill
The Uses of the Gourd
Fear of Oversleeping
Fear continually
Mode of Cultivating Corn
Sweet Potatoes
Fertility of the Soil
Fattening Hogs
Preserving Bacon
Raising Cattle
Garden Products
Flowers and Verdure
The Curious Axe-Helve
Symptoms of approaching Illness
Continue to decline
The Whip ineffectual
Confined to the Cabin
Visit by Dr. Wines
Partial Recovery
Failure at Cotton Picking
What may be heard on Epps' Plantation
Lashes Graduated
Epps in a Whipping Mood
Epps in a Dancing Mood
Description of the Dance
Loss of Rest no Excuse
Epps' Characteristics
Jim Barns
Removal from Huff Power to Bayou Boeuf
Description of Uncle Abram; of Wiley; of Aunt Phebe; of Bob, Henry, and Edward; of Patsey; with a Genealogical Account of each
Something of their Past History, and Peculiar Characteristics
Jealousy and Lust
Patsey, the Victim
Destruction of the Cotton Crop in 1845
Demand for Laborers in St. Mary's Parish
Sent thither in a Drove
The Order of the March
The Grand Coteau
Hired to Judge Turner on Bayou Salle
Appointed Driver in his Sugar House
Sunday Services
Slave Furniture; how obtained
The Party at Yarney's, in Centreville
Good Fortune
The Captain of the Steamer
His Refusal to Secrete me
Return to Bayou Boeuf
Sight of Tibeats
Patsey's Sorrows
Tumult and Contention
Hunting the Coon and Opossum
The Cunning of the latter
The Lean Condition of the Slave
Description of the Fish Trap
The Murder of the Man from Natchez
Epps Chalenged by Marshall
The Influence of Slavery
The Love of Freedom
Labors on Sugar Plantations
The Mode of Planting Cane
Of Hoeing Cane
Cane Ricks
Cutting Cane
Description of the Cane Knife
Preparing for Succeeding Crops
Description of Hawkins' Sugar Mill on Bayou Boeuf
The Christmas Holidays
The Carnival Season of the Children of Bondage
The Christmas Supper
Red, the Favorite Color
The Violin, and the Consolation it afforded
The Christmas Dance
Lively, the Coquette
Sam Roberts, and his Rivals
Slave Songs
Southern Life as it is
Three Days in the Year
The System of Marriage
Uncle Abram's Contempt of Matrimony
How they are Armed and Accompanied
The Homicide
His Execution at Marksville
Slave Drivers
Appointed Driver on removing to Bayou Boeuf
Practice makes perfect
Epps's Attempt to Cut Platt's Throat
The Escape from him
Protected by the Mistress
Forbids Reading and Writing
Obtain a Sheet of Paper after Nine Years' Effort
The Letter
Armsby, the Mean White
Partially confide in him
His Treachery
Epps' Suspicions
How they were quieted
Burning the Letter
Armsby leaves the Bayou
Disappointment and Despair
Wiley disregards the counsels of Aunt Phebe and Uncle Abram, and is caught by the Patrollers
The Organization and Duties of the latter
Wiley Runs Away
Speculations in regard to him
His Unexpected Return
His Capture on the Red River, and Confinement in Alexandria Jail
Discovered by Joseph B. Roberts
Subduing Dogs in anticipation of Escape
The Fugitives in the Great Pine Woods
Captured by Adam Taydem and the Indians
Augustus killed by Dogs
Nelly, Eldret's Slave Woman
The Story of Celeste
The Concerted Movement
Lew Cheney, the Traitor
The Idea of Insurrection
O'Niel, the Tanner
Conversation with Aunt Phebe overheard
Epps in the Tanning Business
Stabbing of Uncle Abram
The Ugly Wound
Epps is Jealous
Patsey is Missing
Her Return from Shaw's
Harriet, Shaw's Black Wife
Epps Enraged
Patsey denies his Charges
She is Tied Down Naked to Four Stakes
The Inhuman Flogging
Flaying of Patsey
The Beauty of the Day
The Bucket of Salt Water
The Dress stiff with Blood
Patsey grows Melancholy
Her Idea of God and Eternity
Of Heaven and Freedom
The Effect of Slave-Whipping
Epps' Oldest Son
"The Child is Father to the Man,"
Avery, on Bayou Rouge
Peculiarity of Dwellings
Epps builds a New House
Bass, the Carpenter
His Noble Qualities
His Personal Appearance and Eccentricities
Bass and Epps discuss the Question of Slavery
Epps' Opinion of Bass
I make myself known to him
Our Conversation
His Surprise
The Midnight Meeting on the Bayou Bank
Bass' Assurances
Declares War against Slavery
Why I did not Disclose my History
Bass writes Letters
Copy of his Letter to Messrs. Parker and Perry
The Fever of Suspense
Bass endeavors to cheer me
My Faith in him
Bass faithful to his word
His Arrival on Christmas Eve
The Difficulty of Obtaining an Interview
The Meeting in the Cabin
Non-arrival of the Letter
Bass announces his Intention to proceed North
Conversation between Epps and Bass
Young Mistress McCoy, the Beauty of Bayou Boeuf
The "Ne plus ultra" of Dinners
Music and Dancing
Presence of the Mistress
Her Exceeding Beauty
The Last Slave Dance
William Pierce
Oversleep myself
The Last Whipping
Cold Morning
Epps' Threats
The Passing Carriage
Strangers approaching through the Cotton-Field
Last Hour on Bayou Boeuf
The Letter reaches Saratoga
Is forwarded to Anne
Is laid before Henry B. Northup
The Statute of May 14, 1840
Its Provisions
Anne's Memorial to the Governor
The affidavits Accompanying it
Senator Soule's Letter
Departure of the Agent appointed by the Governor
Arrival at Marksville
The Hon. John P. Waddill
The Conversation on New-York Politics
It suggests a Fortunate Idea
The Meeting with Bass
The Secret out
Legal Proceedings instituted
Departure of Northup and the Sheriff from Marksville for Bayou Boeuf
Arrangements on the Way
Reach Epps' Plantation
Discover his Slaves in the Cotton-Field
The Meeting
The Farewell
Arrival in New-Orleans
Glimpse of Freeman
Genois, the Recorder
His Description of Solomon
Reach Charleston Interrupted by Custom House Officers
Pass through Richmond
Arrival in Washington
Burch Arrested
Shekels and Thorn
Their Testimony
Burch Acquitted
Arrest of Solomon
Burch withdraws the Complaint
The Higher Tribunal
Departure from Washington
Arrival at Sandy Hill
Old Friends and Familiar Scenes
Proceed to Glens Falls
Meeting with Anne, Margaret, and Elizabeth
Solomon Northup Staunton
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