Summary Of ' 12 Years A Slave ' Essay

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Solomon Northrup is a free black man that is kidnapped and sold off into the southern slave trade during the antebellum era in the United States. Suffering for 12 brutally long years in the antebellum South; Solomon is flogged, broken, and bound by the color of his skin to ruthless slave masters in Louisiana and Georgia where race and gender define one’s status. White male slave owners being at the top of the hierarchal ladder and black woman being at the bottom help to elevate white woman’s statuses in the Deep South. The idea that the institution of slavery being sanctioned by the bible and insisting that slaves are better off than free laborers differs than the ideas of those in the North. Steve McQueen’s film “12 Years a Slave” verifiable depicts the distinct and inherent contrasts between what life is like to be a slave owner, a slave, as well as the differences between gender, race, religion, and the social hierarchy in the antebellum deep South of the United States during the Antebellum era.
Excerpts from the “The Making of African American identity: vol. 1” , “On the Master-Slave Relationship: Selection from 19th century slave narratives”; Frederick Douglass, Solomon Northrup, William Wells Brown, and an unnamed runaway slave all write to the same narrative of the brutality they each endure and witness by the hands of white slave owners while being enslaved in the Antebellum South. William Brown gives testament to being a child and witnessing his mother being…

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