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Discuss: Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

  • Jun 26, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • The Fulham Mitre

Amazon says:

The shocking first-hand account of one man’s remarkable fight for freedom; now an award-winning motion picture.

‘Why had I not died in my young years – before God had given me children to love and live for? What unhappiness and suffering and sorrow it would have prevented. I sighed for liberty; but the bondsman's chain was round me, and could not be shaken off.’

1841: Solomon Northup is a successful violinist when he is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Taken from his family in New York State – with no hope of ever seeing them again – and forced to work on the cotton plantations in the Deep South, he spends the next twelve years in captivity until his eventual escape in 1853.

First published in 1853, this extraordinary true story proved to be a powerful voice in the debate over slavery in the years leading up to the Civil War. It is a true-life testament of one man’s courage and conviction in the face of unfathomable injustice and brutality: its influence on the course of American history cannot be overstated.

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  • Sarah

    If I hadn't been coming to Book Club wd. have not read it to end.

    June 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pushed me to learn more about the extent of the slave trade

    June 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry guys I'm not going to make this evening.

    June 26, 2014

  • Liz S.

    Hi Everyone! The table has been booked for 7pm under 'the fulham book club'. I would guess it will be inside as its not quite balmy enough this evening to be outdoors. I won't be able to join you, so Malcolm will be your host for the evening. Feel free to start without him. See you all soon. X liz

    June 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone,

    long time no see, I will be at the Mitre, I haven't read the book but I want to reconnect with the group and be ready for the next book we will read.

    June 24, 2014

  • Sarah

    Have not been for a while but hope to see you all in June.

    1 · May 26, 2014

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