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Solomon Northrup was a free black man who lived and worked as a respected citizen of the state of New York. He and his wife Anne were the parents of three children. In 1841, he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. An accomplished violinist, Northup was lured to Washington, D.C. with the promise of high wages as a circus musician.

In Washington, he was drugged and imprisoned, beaten, and shipped off to New Orleans on the brig Orleans. There he was auctioned off as a slave and began twelve years of servitude to a series of masters, once narrowly escaping lynching, before regaining his freedom with the help of a kindly carpenter.



Twelve Years a Slave
Excerpts from the narrative of Solomon Northup
Edited by Alice Lucas
Paper, 1991, 48 pages
Many Cultures Publishing
ISBN 0-936434-39-2

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44-page Teacher's Guide with background essays ($5)

Set of 3 audiocassettes with period music, narrated by Wendell Brooks ($18)

The set of three audiocassettes is an excellent addition to this history package. Narrated by Wendell Brooks, the audio version contains African American spirituals and folk music.

The Teacher's Guide, written by Alice Lucas, contains a curriculum guide for grades 5-11 and background essays on slavery in the United States; "We the People," by Thurgood Marshall; a 1799 petition to Congress by free blacks and notes of African American spirituals by Wendell Brooks, whose voice is also heard on the accompanying audiocassettes.

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Twelve Years a Slave

by Solomon Northrup
Edited by Sue Eakin and Joseph Logsdon

Paper, 1968, 273 pages
Louisiana State University Press
ISBN 0-8071-0150-8

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About the People Who Worked on this Project

Alice Lucas
, editor, former San Francisco Unified School District teacher and director of the New Faces of Liberty project.

Wendell Brooks, teacher and performer, is the voice of Solomon Northup on the accompanying audiocassettes.

Katherine Austin, music consultant, is a pianist and teacher.

Jody Stecher is known internationally for his fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar work.