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Northup, Solomon (b. 1808) Twelve years a slave: 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.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05840 Author/Creator: Northup, Solomon (b. 1808) Place Written: Auburn, New York Type: Book Date: 1853 Pagination: 1 v. : 336 p. : ill. ; 19.7 x 13.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Published in Auburn by Derby and Miller; Buffalo, New York by Derby, Orton and Mulligan; and Cincinnati, Ohio by Henry W. Derby. Woodcut illustrations. Northup dedicates the book to Harriet Beecher Stowe.

People: Northup, Solomon, 1808-1863
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Enslaved peopleSlaveryAfrican American HistoryFreemenReform MovementWomen's HistoryPrisoner

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery

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