Twelve Years a Slave

From the Series First Avenue Classics ™

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 10

For more than thirty years, Solomon Northup lived in New York as a free man. But in 1841, while pursuing a job offer in Washington DC, Northup was kidnapped and sold into slavery. After being brutally beaten for insisting on his right to live freely, Northup grew silent about his past. It was not until twelve years later that he shared his story with Samuel Bass, a white abolitionist, setting in motion the chain of events that would finally bring him home in 1853. Penned in his first year of renewed freedom, Northup’s memoir unveils the inconceivable cruelties—and rare moments of kindness—he experienced during his enslavement. The revelations in his narrative served as a powerful contribution to the fight against slavery. This unabridged version of Northup’s work is taken from an 1855 copyright edition.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-46775-810-9
$19.99 $14.99
Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 10
Genre Nonfiction, Young Adult
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand First Avenue Classics ™
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™
Language English
Publication Date 2014-08-01
BISACS BIO002000, HIS036040, BIO026000
Dewey 306.3'62092
Lexile 1200
Features Introductory note and Table of contents

Author: Solomon Northup