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“The Shadow of the Cloud”: Racial Speculation and Cultural Vision in Solomon Northup’s <i>Twelve Years a Slave</i>

Janet Neary

in Fugitive Testimony: On the Visual Logic of Slave Narratives

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780823272891
eISBN:
9780823272945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823272891.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter argues that as a narrative of kidnap rather than birth into slavery, Solomon Northup’s historical predicament dramatizes the rhetorical predicament of all ex-slave narrators. Northup is ... More


Chains of Violence

Calvin Schermerhorn

in The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815-1860

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780300192001
eISBN:
9780300213898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300192001.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Violence was enslavers’ great economizer. This chapter follows Solomon Northup’s ordeal from his kidnapping in Washington, D.C., in 1841 through the mechanical market through which he was processed, ... More


Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853

Solomon Northup

David Wilson (ed.)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807869437
eISBN:
9781469602806
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807869444_northup
Subject:
History, African-American History

After living as a free man for the first thirty-three years of his life, Solomon Northup was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery, leaving behind a wife and three children in New York. Sold to a ... More


Fugitive Testimony: On the Visual Logic of Slave Narratives

Janet Neary

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780823272891
eISBN:
9780823272945
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823272891.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

Fugitive Testimony traces the African American slave narrative across the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries in order to rethink the epistemological limits of the form and to theorize the complicated ... More


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