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By Solomon Northup

ISBN-10: 178094215X

ISBN-13: 9781780942155

A robust and riveting condemnation of yank slavery, 12 Years a Slave is the harrowing precise tale of Solomon Northup who was once abducted and bought into slavery, enduring incredible degradation and abuse till his rescue twelve years later. Steve McQueen's robust movie model starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch received most sensible photo at either the Oscars and the Golden Globes in 2014.

Tricked by way of males delivering him a task as a musician in ny nation in 1841, Solomon Northup was once drugged and abducted. His lifestyles is jeopardy, he was once pressured to imagine a brand new identify and pretend previous. Taken to Louisiana on a disease-ridden plague send, he used to be firstly bought to a cotton planter.

In the twelve years that keep on with he's offered to many various proprietors who deal with him with various degrees of savagery; compelled labour, scant meals and various beatings are his normal fare. opposed to all odds, Northup ultimately succeeds in contacting a sympathetic occasion and manages to get be aware to his kinfolk. the resultant rescue and felony situations are not any much less surprising and exciting than the remainder of the tale.

A true-life testomony to great braveness and tenacity within the face of unfathomable injustice, Northup's account additionally presents a unprecedented perception right into a murky previous being meticulous first-hand recordings of slave existence. a brand new movie premiering in 2013, that includes Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch, is certain to introduce this impressive tale to a brand new audience.

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I’ve been hungry too long. I’ve gotten angry too often. I’ve been lied to and insulted too many times. They’ve pushed me over the line from which there can be no retreat. I know that they will not be satisfied until they’ve pushed me out of this existence altogether. —George Jackson, Black prisoner 231 Like many Cheyenne, I feel as if I have already lived a lifetime of fighting strip mining. We live in fear, anger, and urgency. And we long for a better life for our tribe. I’ve been told that if we mined our coal, we’d be millionaires.

Bill Ong Hing, As ian American scholar 245 Why treat a person like they are a criminal? For me it has been difficult to think why they treat us in this way, all of us who are immigrants. —Elvira Arellano, Latina undocumented worker and activist 246 It makes absolutely no sense to go after these working people in the name of homeland security when they all know they had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11 or any type of terrorist activity in this country. —Emma Lozano, Latina activist 247 The great human migration within the Americas cannot be stopped; human beings are natural forces of the earth, just as rivers and winds are natural forces.

S. alone. I started empty handed, and now I am empty handed again. —Anh Hoang, As ian American fisherman and Hurricane Katrina survivor 286 For decades the message has been: We have a job for you. Today it is: We have a job for you but you’ll have more trouble getting across the line. —Rubén Martínez, Latino journalist 287 The migrant trail is a loop not only in space but in time. The future lies in America, the past in Mexico. The past is tolerable only for so long, especially in the impoverished lands of the south.

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