Monday, November 4, 2013

 
12 Years A Slave
Discussion  
Thursday Nov. 7, 7pm

If you saw the movie or if you haven't yet... lets get together and discuss it.

Born a free man in New York State in 1808, Solomon Northup  was kidnapped in Washington, DC, in 1841. He spent the next  12 harrowing years of his life as  a   slave on a Louisiana cotton  plantation. 
During this time he was  frequently abused and often  afraid for his life. After regaining his freedom in 1853, Northup  decided to publish this gripping  autobiographical account of his captivity. 

As an educated man, Northup was able to present an  exceptionally detailed and accurate description of slave life and plantation society. Indeed, this book is probably the fullest, most realistic picture of the "peculiar  institution" during the three decades before the Civil War.  


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