Slave Narrative – Uncle Tom’s Cabin & Twelve Years A Slave

Click the cover of Slave Narrative Six Pack to go to the book on Amazon (free as of noon July 13, 2017)
Click the cover to go to the book on Amazon

The title of this selection / collection may rub some people the wrong way… but for those who want to learn from our past, with an eye towards the future, this collection has some important works in it.

Here’s the Amazon description, including a list of the books included:
The slave narrative is a literary sub-genre that emerged from the written accounts of enslaved Africans in Great Britain and its colonies, including the later United States, Canada, and Caribbean nations. Some of the earliest memoirs of captivity known in England and the British Isles were written by white Europeans and later Americans captured and sometimes enslaved in North Africa, usually by Barbary pirates. These were part of a broad category of “captivity narratives” by English-speaking Europeans.

For the Europeans and Americans, the division between captivity as slaves and as prisoners of war was not always clear. A broader name for these works is “captivity literature.”

Slave Narrative Six Pack presents six of the most famous examples of the genre:

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839 by Frances Anne Kemble
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African by Olaudah Equiano
The Life of William H. Furness by William Still
Captain Canot; or, Twenty years of an African slaver: being an account of his career and adventures on the coast, in the interior, on shipboard, and in the West Indies by Brantz Mayer

Includes image gallery and link to free audio recording of Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Copies of Slave Narrative Six Pack have been added to the CheerUp.Fun September Free eBook Library.  The first 100 people to sign up should receive a free copy added to their Kindle Library.  To sign up, click this link, and follow the prompts at the Amazon page.  Once you have joined the CheerUp.Fun September Free eBook Library, as recommended books are selected and shared during the month, they will be added to your Kindle Library.

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Twelve Years a Slave

This is one of those stories that has been described beautifully by others, highlighting its strength and power quite simply as coming from its unique perspective, and the fact it was written by a not only intelligent, but educated man, born free in United States of America, and yet, ending up a slave, in the United States South.

Whether you were captivated by the movie, or simply want to learn more about a time when America was torn apart in innumerable ways, this first hand account may well be worth your time and attention.

From the Twelve Years a Slave (Phoenix Classics) Description:

Born a free man in New York State in 1808, Solomon Northup was kidnapped in Washington, DC, in 1841. He spent the next 12 harrowing years of his life as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation. During this time he was frequently abused and often afraid for his life. After regaining his freedom in 1853, Northup decided to publish this gripping autobiographical account of his captivity.

As an educated man, Northup was able to present an exceptionally detailed and accurate description of slave life and plantation society. Indeed, this book is probably the fullest, most realistic picture of the “peculiar institution” during the three decades before the Civil War. Moreover, Northup tells his story both from the viewpoint of an outsider, who had experienced 30 years of freedom and dignity in the United States before his capture, and as a slave, reduced to total bondage and submission. Very few personal accounts of American slavery were written by slaves with a similar history.

Published in 1853, Northup’s book found a ready audience and almost immediately became a bestseller. Aside from its vivid depiction of the detention, transportation, and sale of slaves, Twelve Years a Slave is admired for its classic accounts of cotton and sugar production, its uncannily precise recall of people, times, and places, and the compelling details that re-create the daily routine of slaves in the Gulf South.

Copies of Twelve Years a Slave have been added to the CheerUp.Fun September Free eBook Library.  The first 100 people to sign up should receive a free copy added to their Kindle Library.  To sign up, click this link, and follow the prompts at the Amazon page.  Once you have joined the CheerUp.Fun September Free eBook Library, as recommended books are selected and shared during the month, they will be added to your Kindle Library.

You can change your settings / leave the Library at any time through your Amazon account.  You will find books under the Manage Content / Devices Option, on your Content Tab, and the settings tab has a section for "Change your Whispercast Membership".  Next to Organization Cheerup.Fun are options to change device or opt-out.

A Thank You from CheerUp.Fun

Free eBooks as a thank you for visiting CheerUp dot Fun.

We have a limited number of copies of most of the books that have been recommended so far this month on CheerUp.Fun, if you are interested in receiving free books, directly into your Amazon Kindle account it’s quite simple.

Follow the directions at this link to join our book club.  For each of the books we currently have in the book club there are 70 or more copies available, so the sooner you join, the more likely you are to receive a copy.

Books include:
The Red Badge of Courage
The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg (2 editions)
Bulfinch’s Mythology
Charles Dickens: The Complete Christmas Books and Stories
A Christmas Carol
The Scarlet Letter
Oz: The Complete Collection
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (AmazonClassics Edition)
The Complete Leatherstocking Tales (includes Last of the Mohicans)
The Iliad (AmazonClassics Edition)
The Odyssey (AmazonClassics Edition)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (AmazonClassics Edition)
Tom Sawyer Collection — All 4 Books
Mark Twain 12 Novels, 195 Short Stories
Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook
Spontaneous Activity in Education
Montessori Method Scientific Pedagogy
Gods of Mars
Warlord of Mars
Thuvia, Maid of Mars
Chessmen of Mars
Anne of Green Gables Collection
Anne of Green Gables (#1)
Behind the Scenes: or 30 Years a Slave and 4 Years in the White House
Sherlock Holmes: The Collection
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Slave Narrative Six Pack (includes 12 Years a Slave)
Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay Or, The Disappearing Fleet
Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal or Perils of the Black Bear Patrol
Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone The Plot Against Uncle Sam
Boy Scouts in a Submarine : or, Searching an Ocean Floor

To get copies of books recommended August 2017 by CheerUp.Fun, go to https://whispercast.amazon.com/join/QEYIep2uIkh87x9gC6o4AvnuKFSV3iBD and follow the prompts to join the CheerUp.Fun whispercast BookClub.

The books will appear in your Amazon Kindle Library, and you can go to Manage Content and Devices to send them to wherever you read Kindle Books.

At this time we are ONLY able to offer a Kindle eBook Club.  Thank you for your understanding.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin and 12 Years a Slave – Free today on Amazon

Click the cover of Slave Narrative Six Pack to go to the book on Amazon (free as of noon July 13, 2017)
Click the cover to go to the book on Amazon (free as of noon July 13, 2017)

The title of this selection / collection may rub some people the wrong way… but for those who want to learn from our past, with an eye towards the future, this collection has some important works in it.

Here’s the Amazon description, including a list of the books included:
The slave narrative is a literary sub-genre that emerged from the written accounts of enslaved Africans in Great Britain and its colonies, including the later United States, Canada, and Caribbean nations. Some of the earliest memoirs of captivity known in England and the British Isles were written by white Europeans and later Americans captured and sometimes enslaved in North Africa, usually by Barbary pirates. These were part of a broad category of “captivity narratives” by English-speaking Europeans.

For the Europeans and Americans, the division between captivity as slaves and as prisoners of war was not always clear. A broader name for these works is “captivity literature.”

Slave Narrative Six Pack presents six of the most famous examples of the genre:

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839 by Frances Anne Kemble
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African by Olaudah Equiano
The Life of William H. Furness by William Still
Captain Canot; or, Twenty years of an African slaver: being an account of his career and adventures on the coast, in the interior, on shipboard, and in the West Indies by Brantz Mayer

Includes image gallery and link to free audio recording of Uncle Tom’s Cabin