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12 Years Website

The most extensive site for information and resources on the book, audiobook, and movie.



TEXTS
Twelve Years a Slave from the Louisiana Anthology

This is the free, online edition of Twelve Years a Slave offered by the Louisiana Anthology. It has our footnotes and contains the illustrations from the first edition, along with our own pictures taken around Rapides Parish.

Twelve Years a Slave from the Internet Archive

An online, free edition of Twelve Years a Slave from the Internet Archive. It is a scan of the first edition in various formats; pdf, epub, Kindle, Daisy, and txt.

Northup, Solomon. 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. Ed. David Wilson. New York: C. M. Saxton, 1859. Internet Archive. 6 June 2008. Web. 10 Aug. 2012. <http:// archive. org/ details/ twelveyears slave00nort>.

Twelve Years a Slave from Amazon.com

Northup, Solomon. Twelve Years a Slave - Enhanced Edition by Dr. Sue Eakin Based on a Lifetime Project. New Info, Images, Maps.

This Kindle version is the most recent version of the book, and it contains a lifetime of the research of Dr. Sue Eakin, who brought the book back to light. The Kindle version is available for only $0.99.

Twelve Years a Slave audiobook from Audible.com.

An audiobook version read by Louis Gossett, Jr. In this riveting landmark autobiography, which reads like a novel, Academy Award and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr., masterfully transports us to 1840s New York; Washington, D.C.; and Louisiana to experience the kidnapping and 12 years of bondage of Solomon Northup, a free man of color. Twelve Years a Slave, published in 1853, was an immediate bombshell in the national debate over slavery leading up to the Civil War.

Twelve Years a Slave audiobook from LibriVox.

A free audiobook version brought to you by LibriVox and the Internet Archive.



Images

The illustrations from the first edition, along with our own pictures that we took in the Rapides Parish region. Feel free to use these for your own educational purposes.

Alexandria
Cypress Forest
Epps House
Kent House
Northup. Twelve Years files
Palmetto Forest
Rapides Parish
Red River



Podcasts
Interview with Frank Eakin, Jr., Part I.

Episode 12. Frank Eakin interview. We interview Frank Eakin, whose mother Dr. Sue Eakin rediscovered and republished Twelve Years a Slave, by Solomon Northup. We discuss her work, the upcoming movie version of the book, and the release of the Audiobook version as delivered by Louis Gossett, Jr.

Frank Eakin Interview Part II & Louis Gossett Interview

Episode 13.  Frank Eakin Interview, Part II.  Interview with Louis Gossett, Jr.  The second part of our interview with Frank Eakin, whose mother Dr. Sue Eakin rediscovered and republished Twelve Years a Slave, by Solomon Northup. We discuss her work, the upcoming movie version of the book, and the audiobook.  Also we have an interview with Louis Gossett, Jr. about the release of the Audiobook version he recorded.

Interview with Lamar White, Cenlamar editor. Part I.

Episode 34. Part 1 of our interview with Lamar White, Jr., writer and editor of the CenLamar Blog. Lamar has been interested in local politics and history for many years, and his blog has a wide following.  He is currently attending the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, but he continues to report and comment on Louisiana politics on his blog. He has allowed the Louisiana Anthology to cross-post one of his articles, “Why 12 Years a Slave Will Always Matter to Louisiana,” discussing his personal connections to the story of Solomon Northup.  We encourage you to read his blog and learn more about life and politics in Louisiana.

Interview with Lamar White, Cenlamar editor. Part II.

Episode 35.  We finish our interview with Lamar White, Jr., writer and editor of the CenLamar Blog.




BBC Radio Broadcast

This radio piece is about the legacy of 12 Years A Slave in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, the area where Solomon Northup was enslaved. It attempts to explore the legacy of slavery in the area and the state of race relations in modern day Louisiana. It was broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Broadcasting House and on World Service Radio on March 2nd 2014.



Videos
Interview with Dr. Sue Eakin

 

Journey to Freedom

Journey to Freedom is a documentary that brings to life the startling similarities between historic slavery and human trafficking, inspiring today's freedom fighters. It compares the experience of Solomon Northup to that of a modern victim of human trafficking. Produced by the National Underground Freedom Center, with support from US State Dept and Google. Directed by Justin Dillon of Slavery Footprint. For more information see freedom center.org/ journey-to-freedom.

 

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