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Publisher's Advertisement for Twelve Years a Slave

The Liberator 26 August 1853.


It is a singular coincidence, that Solomon Northup was carried to a plantation in the Red River country—that same region where the scene of Uncle Tom's captivity was laid—and his account of this plantation, and the mode of life there, and some incidents which he describes, form a striking parallel to that history."—[Mrs. Stowe, in her "Key," p. 174.]

THE 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.

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
Portrait of Solomon in his plantation suit.
Scene in a Slave Pen at Washington.
Separation of Eliza and her last Child.
Chapin rescues Solomon from Hanging.
The Staking-Out and Flogging of the Girl Patsey.
Scene in the Cotton Field.
Arrival Home, and first Meeting with his Wife and Children.

One handsome12mo. volume, 350 pages—Price $1.

The Narrative will be read with interest by every one who can sympathise with a human being struggling for freedom.—Buffalo Courier.

The volume cannot fail to gain a wide circulation. It will be read extensively, both at the North and South. No one can contemplate the scenes which are here so naturally set forth, without a new conviction of the hideousness of the institution from which the subject of the narrative has happily escaped.—N.Y. Tribune

What a tale it tells ; what inexpressible reproofs against slavery; what occasion for shame and tears on the part of all! We think the story as affecting as any tale of sorrow could be. We believe its perusal will not only excite an absorbing interest, but minister powerfully to the sound, intelligent anti-slavery sentiment of the country.—N.Y. Evangelist.

Next to Uncle Tom"s Cabin, the extraordinary Narrative of Solomon Northup is the most remarkable book that was ever issued from the American press. Indeed, it is a more extraordinary work than that, because it is only a simple unvarnished tale of the experience of an American freeman of the "blessings" of slavery, while Mrs. Stowe"s Uncle Tom is only a powerfully wrought novel, intended to illustrate what Solomon saw and experienced, Southern Slavery in its various phases.—Detroit Trib.

We hope it will be universally read. If we do not sadly err, it will prove of vast service in the great cause of Freedom. If there are those who can peruse it unmoved, we pity them. That it will create as great a sensation, and be regarded equally as interesting as "Uncle Tom"s Cabin," is not a question for argument. In our opinion, it will lead that wonderful work in the popular opinion, and in the aggregate of sales.—Buffalo Express.

This is one of the most exciting narratives, full of thrilling incidents artlessly told, with all the marks of truth. Such a tale is more powerful than any fiction which can be conceived and elaborated. There are no depicted scenes in "Uncle Tom\" more tragic, terrible and pathetic, than the incidents compassed in the twelve years of this man\"s life in slavery.—Cin. Jour.

He who, with an unbiased mind, sits down to the perusal of this book, will arise perfectly satisfied that American slavery is a hell of torments yet untold, and feel like devoting the energies of his life to its extirpation from the face of God\"s beautiful earth.—Evening Chron.

It is one of the most effective books against slavery that was ever written. \"Archy Moore\" and \"Uncle Tom\" are discredited by many as \"romances\" ; but how the apologists for the institution can dispose of Northup, we are curious to see.—Syr. Joarnal.

It is well told, and bears internal evidence of being a clear statement of facts. There is no attempt at display, but the events are so graphically portrayed, that the interest in the perusal is deep and unabated to the last. Some of the scenes have a fearful and exciting power in their delineation. The sunshine of kind treatment sheds a few bright beams athwart the dark canvass of twelve years of bondage : but, in the main, the darker cruelty and wickedness of oppression is still more revolting by the contrast.—Cayuga Chief.

It is a strange history; its truth is far greater than fiction. Think of it! For thirty years a man, with all a man\"s hopes, fears and aspirations—with a wife and children to call him by the endearing names of husband and father—with a home, humble it may be, but still a home, beneath the shelter of whose roof none had a right to molest or make him afraid—then for twelve years a thing, a chattel personal, classed with mules and horses, and treated with less consideration than they, torn from his home and family, and the free labor by which he earned their bread, and driven to unremitting, unrequited toil in a cotton field, under a burning Southern sun, by the lash of an inhuman master. Oh! It is horrible. It chills the blood to think that such are.—Fred. Douglass\"s Paper.

It comes before us with highly respectable vouchers, and is a plain and simple statement of what happened to the author while in bondage to Southern masters. While we concede to the South all the privileges in respect to slavery which are guaranteed to them by the Constitution, we are free to speak of its evils ; and when particular instances of the inhuman treatment of slaves come to our notice, we shall remark upon them as we please. It is a well-told story, full of interest, and may be said to be the reality of \"life among the lowly.\"—Buffalo Com. Adv.

Let it be read by all those good, easy souls, who think slavery is, on the whole, a good thing. Let it be read by all who think that, although slavery is politically and economically a bad thing, it is not very bad for the slaves. Let it be read by all those M. C.\"s and supporters who are always ready to give their votes in aid of slavery and the slave trade, with all the kidnapping inseparable from it. Let it be read, too, by our Southern friends, who pity with so much Christian sensibility the wretched condition of the free negroes at the North, and rejoice at the enviable condition of their own slaves.—N.Y. Independent.

Published by

DERBY & MILLER, Auburn, N. Y.,
DERBY, ORTON & MULLIGAN, Buffalo.

Copies sent by mail, (post paid,) on receipt of price. Publishers of newspapers, giving the above one insertion previous to January, 1854, will be furnished with a copy, postage paid, on forwarding their paper (marked) to

DERBY & MILLER, Auburn, N. Y.

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