The Events Of Solomon Northup's 12 Years A Slave

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In 1853, 12 Years A Slave, was written by Solomon Northup; however, this book was published in 2014. Northup 's book was a true story about himself and how started out as a free man, but then got captured into slavery in Washington D.C. Solomon only gives us the truthful facts about his experience. As he was captured, he was leaving behind a wife and children. Throughout the book Solomon encounters multiple people, who also captured into slavery, especially women by the name of Eliza and Patsey. During his 12 years as a slave, he has survived as human property of several different slave masters. Throughout this essay I 'm going to talk about the events of Solomon 's slavery experience.
In the beginning, Northup started out in Saratoga, New
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They were taken to a hospital and finally got better. A man by the name of William Ford came to purchase Eliza, Harry, and Northup. This led to Eliza in more sorrow than before because she would be separated from her other child. William Ford was willing to purchase Emily as well, but Freeman wouldn 't sell her. When they got to William Ford 's planation, they were kindly greeted by his wife and the other slaves. Eliza was put to house work and Northup (also known as Platt) was sent to work in the lumber mill. This lasted till the summer or 1841. On Sundays, Ford would have the slaves gather for a church service and they would talk about the Bible. Platt was doing such a great job in the lumber mill that he earned the reputation of the smartest nigger in Pine Woods. He was then assigned to go work with Ford 's hired hands, white carpenter named John M. Tibeats. Ford is later force to sell Northup to Mr. Tibeats due to some financial missteps. Northup learns that Tibeats is the total opposite of Ford. Tibeats is abusive, bitter, angry, never satisfied, and unreasonable in his demands. One day Tibeats and Platt got into a serious situation which resulted Platt being hung by a tree and then a man by the name Mr. Chaplin came and saved …show more content…
Platt deals with a lot of Tibeats abuse and he is then hired out to a Mr. Eldret for cleaning trees in Big Cane Break. His hard work gave him the opportunity to go visit Ford where he reports the Eliza later dies due to her sorrows and agony. Platt meets up with Tibeats and found out that he was sold to the planter Edwin Epps. With the relief of leaving the abusive Tibeats, Platt realizes that Epps is must worse than Tibeats. Edwin Epps likes to beat his slaves for the pleasure of hearing them scream. At Epps cotton planation, he meets a slave girl by the name of Patsey. Patsey is known as a skillful, industrious, and best cotton picker on the planation. She constantly gets rapped by Epps and deals with the hatred from Epps wife. Patsey is the only slave that gets the worse abuse out of all everyone else. One day Epps has Patsey stripped naked and tied to four stakes on the ground. Then he orders Platt to whip her because he accuses Patsey of having an affair with Mr. O 'Neil. Platt couldn 't go on any further, so Epps took the whip and finished whipping her. It was the summer of 1852 and Platt has been a slave over a decade. Platt is assigned to work with a white man named Bass and found out that he 's from Canada. Therefore, Platt risks and asks Bass for help. Bass is willing to send letters to Platt 's friends in Saratoga. There was no response from them and Platt was wanting to

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