Solomon Northup Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Knight, Michael, adapter. In Chains to Louisiana: Solomon Northup's Story. New York: Dutton, 1971, 123 p.

Northup's narrative as adapted for juvenile readership.


Blassingame, John W. “Using the Testimony of Ex-Slaves: Approaches and Problems.” In The Slave's Narrative edited by Charles T. Davis and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., pp. 78-98. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985.

Considers the difficulties in studying black testimonies, including revisions by white editors, using Northup's narrative as an example.

Cole, Karen. “A Message from the Pine Woods of Central Louisiana: The Garden in Northup, Chopin, and Dormon.” In Louisiana Literature: A Review of Literature and the Humanities 14, No. 11 (Spring 1997): 64–74.

Considers how the garden as portrayed in Northup's narrative represents a negotiation between wilderness and civilization and reveals the costs of human labor in that negotiation.

Diedrich, Maria. “The Characterization of Native Americans in the Antebellum Slave Narrative.” In CLA College Language Association] Journal, 31, No. 4 (June 1988): 412-35.

Examines depictions of Indians in several slave narratives, including those of Solomon Northup, Henry Bibb, Josiah Henson, and Austin Steward.

Southern, Eileen. “Antebellum Rural Life.” In The Music of Black Americans: A History, pp. 151-204. New York: Norton, 1997.

Provides a survey of Black American music in the South, including several references to Northup's use of music in his slave narrative.

Stampp, Kenneth M. “From Day Clean to First Dark.” In The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South, pp. 34-85. New York: Knopf, 1968.

Examines slavery as the South's labor system by integrating and analyzing information from, among other things, slave narratives.

Starling, Marion Wilson. “The Slave Narrative After 1836.” In The Slave Narrative: Its Place in American History, pp. 106-220. Washington, D. C.: Howard University Press, 1988.

Provides overview of slave narratives concurrent with Northup and a contextualization of his experience.