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    DescriptionThis edition is written in font size 16. "12 Years a Slave: Extra Large Print" is also available in bold and font size 24. Now a major motion picture, this remarkable memoir details Solomon Northup's twelve years of slavery, from his capture and his being sold into servitude, to his eventual release. This classic text shows the sheer brutality that was inflicted on slaves in the Deep South, as well as the humanity that eventually helped Solomon regain his freedom. Also included in this version of "Twelve Years a Slave" is biographical information detailing Solomon Northup's life after his release from slavery, and a glossary with helpful information on rare and obscure words. First published in 1853, "12 Years a Slave" is the extraordinary account of one man's courage in the face of cruelty and injustice.

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    12 Years a Slave
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    By (author) Solomon Northup, Edited by David Lear
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 330
    Width: 178 mm
    Height: 257 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 417 g
    ISBN 13: 9781496051455
    ISBN 10: 1496051459

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    large type edition
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    black & white illustrations
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    Publication date
    26 February 2014
    Author Information
    Solomon Northup was born a free man in Minerva, Essex County, New York in July 1808. His father, Mintus Northup, was a freed slave, who took his surname from the family he had served. Mintus's master, Captain Henry Northup, granted Mintus his freedom in his will. After the death of Captain Northup, Mintus, as well as becoming a free man, also managed, later on, to gain the vote by virtue of meeting New York State's property requirements, an impressive feat for someone coming from such a humble background. Mintus died in 1829. Solomon's mother - unnamed in the book - was a woman of mixed ancestry. There are only sketchy details about her in Solomon's memoir, but it is mentioned that she died while Solomon was held as a slave in the Deep South. Solomon described his mother as a quadroon, meaning she was one quarter black and three-quarters white. In 1829, Solomon married Anne Hampton, a woman of African, European and Native American heritage, and together they had three children: Elizabeth, Margaret and Alonzo. Solomon Northup worked as a raftsman, carpenter, construction worker and a fiddler, and he and his family initially owned a farm in Hebron, Washington County, before moving to Saratoga Springs, New York to take advantage of better employment prospects. Whilst Solomon worked, mainly as a musician, Anne was employed intermittently as a cook for local taverns and for the United States Hotel. In 1841, aged 32, Solomon Northup met with two men who called themselves Merrill Brown and Abram Hamilton. After gaining his trust, they drugged him and sold him to slave trader, James Birch, and claimed that Solomon was a fugitive slave. Solomon was then taken to Louisiana, where he remained in slavery for twelve years. It is these twelve years of slavery that are reflected on in this compelling memoir.