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David Fiske

Expert on life of Solomon Northup

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David Fiske Biography

David Fiske is a researcher and writer who has studied various topics in American History. Most notably, he has documented the life of Solomon Northup, the real-life person whose story was told in the Oscar-winning film "12 Years a Slave." He co-authored "Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave," and followed up on the topic of kidnapping with his book "Solomon Northup's Kindred: The Kidnapping of Free Citizens before the Civil War." His work in this area has been recognized by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who has said "Fiske's efforts to document these victims and the crimes that robbed them of their families and freedom are heroic indeed and should be applauded."

Books
Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave

Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave

Solomon Northup: His Life Before and After Slavery

Solomon Northup: His Life Before and After Slavery

Speaking Topics
  • Rescued from Slavery: The Real Story of Solomon Northup from 12 Years a Slave

    Solomon Northup was a free black man living in New York State. In 1841 he was lured away from home and sold as a slave. For nearly twelve years, he was a slave in Louisiana. Finally he was able to get a message to friends in New York, and he returned home as a free man. After writing a book about his experiences, he traveled around the Northeast giving speeches, and even helped fugitive slaves get to Canada thanks to his work on the Underground Railroad. Presenter David Fiske is a co-author of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave.

  • Anne Northup, Wife of Solomon Northup from 12 Years a Slave

    Solomon Northup was lured into slavery in 1841, and was a slave in Louisiana for 12 years before being rescued. What impact did Northup’s kidnapping have on his wife and family? This presentation will describe how his wife, Anne, carried on in his absence, and had her own career as a hotel chef. Presenter David Fiske is a co-author of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave.

  • Free Citizens Kidnapped into Slavery before the Civil War

    The film 12 Years a Slave told of Solomon Northup’s kidnapping and enslavement before the Civil War, but Northup’s victimization was not an isolated incident. Economics and governmental actions made such crimes profitable, and many citizens, primarily free blacks, were victimized. This presentation will explain how kidnappers could operate with relative ease, and tell about several of the victims included in David Fiske's book, Solomon Northup's Kindred: The Kidnapping of Free Citizens before the Civil War.

  • Kidnapped. Black New Yorkers Caught in the Slave Trade

    Under slavery, it was not only the slaves who suffered. Free blacks were at risk of being kidnapped and sold as slaves. Once they were taken to a slave state, their chances of returning home were small. Several New Yorkers, from various parts of the state, were rescued from slavery, and their kidnappers were held accountable for their deeds. Presenter David Fiske is the author of Solomon Northup's Kindred: The Kidnapping of Free Citizens before the Civil War.

  • The Black America Show: When the Plantation Came to Brooklyn

    After exposing the public to a huckstered version of life in the West--via his Wild West Show--Nate Salsbury initiated a new production in 1895 called Black America. Black America set out not merely to entertain, but to educate the public about the lives blacks had led in the antebellum south. Though the show included some acts that were not typical elements of plantation life--juggling, tight-rope walking, and drills by black cavalry troops--it also featured a village with over 100 cabins where blacks portrayed activities such as picking cotton, operating cotton gins, itinerant preaching, and socializing. Among the singing and dancing performances were examples of black culture that had developed under slavery, as well as newer creations. Show business considerations, as well as stereotypical thinking, resulted in the inclusion of minstrel songs, cakewalks, and tap dancing, but Salsbury's original purpose for creating the show was largely one of public education, and the Black America Show was less exploitative than other contemporary productions. It gave many African-Americans a foot in the door for careers in show business, and increased public awareness of their many skills and talents. Black America had runs in Brooklyn and several other U.S. cities.

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    Booking fees for David Fiske, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire David Fiske, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like David Fiske for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book David Fiske for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent David Fiske or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for David Fiske or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Expert on life of Solomon Northup

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David Fiske Biography

David Fiske is a researcher and writer who has studied various topics in American History. Most notably, he has documented the life of Solomon Northup, the real-life person whose story was told in the Oscar-winning film "12 Years a Slave." He co-authored "Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave," and followed up on the topic of kidnapping with his book "Solomon Northup's Kindred: The Kidnapping of Free Citizens before the Civil War." His work in this area has been recognized by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who has said "Fiske's efforts to document these victims and the crimes that robbed them of their families and freedom are heroic indeed and should be applauded."

David Fiske Books

David Fiske Speaking Topics

  • Rescued from Slavery: The Real Story of Solomon Northup from 12 Years a Slave

    Solomon Northup was a free black man living in New York State. In 1841 he was lured away from home and sold as a slave. For nearly twelve years, he was a slave in Louisiana. Finally he was able to get a message to friends in New York, and he returned home as a free man. After writing a book about his experiences, he traveled around the Northeast giving speeches, and even helped fugitive slaves get to Canada thanks to his work on the Underground Railroad. Presenter David Fiske is a co-author of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave.

  • Anne Northup, Wife of Solomon Northup from 12 Years a Slave

    Solomon Northup was lured into slavery in 1841, and was a slave in Louisiana for 12 years before being rescued. What impact did Northup’s kidnapping have on his wife and family? This presentation will describe how his wife, Anne, carried on in his absence, and had her own career as a hotel chef. Presenter David Fiske is a co-author of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave.

  • Free Citizens Kidnapped into Slavery before the Civil War

    The film 12 Years a Slave told of Solomon Northup’s kidnapping and enslavement before the Civil War, but Northup’s victimization was not an isolated incident. Economics and governmental actions made such crimes profitable, and many citizens, primarily free blacks, were victimized. This presentation will explain how kidnappers could operate with relative ease, and tell about several of the victims included in David Fiske's book, Solomon Northup's Kindred: The Kidnapping of Free Citizens before the Civil War.

  • Kidnapped. Black New Yorkers Caught in the Slave Trade

    Under slavery, it was not only the slaves who suffered. Free blacks were at risk of being kidnapped and sold as slaves. Once they were taken to a slave state, their chances of returning home were small. Several New Yorkers, from various parts of the state, were rescued from slavery, and their kidnappers were held accountable for their deeds. Presenter David Fiske is the author of Solomon Northup's Kindred: The Kidnapping of Free Citizens before the Civil War.

  • The Black America Show: When the Plantation Came to Brooklyn

    After exposing the public to a huckstered version of life in the West--via his Wild West Show--Nate Salsbury initiated a new production in 1895 called Black America. Black America set out not merely to entertain, but to educate the public about the lives blacks had led in the antebellum south. Though the show included some acts that were not typical elements of plantation life--juggling, tight-rope walking, and drills by black cavalry troops--it also featured a village with over 100 cabins where blacks portrayed activities such as picking cotton, operating cotton gins, itinerant preaching, and socializing. Among the singing and dancing performances were examples of black culture that had developed under slavery, as well as newer creations. Show business considerations, as well as stereotypical thinking, resulted in the inclusion of minstrel songs, cakewalks, and tap dancing, but Salsbury's original purpose for creating the show was largely one of public education, and the Black America Show was less exploitative than other contemporary productions. It gave many African-Americans a foot in the door for careers in show business, and increased public awareness of their many skills and talents. Black America had runs in Brooklyn and several other U.S. cities.

FAQs on booking David Fiske

  • How to book David Fiske?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like David Fiske for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for David Fiske, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for David Fiske or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book David Fiske?

    Booking fees for David Fiske, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire David Fiske, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for David Fiske?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like David Fiske for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book David Fiske for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent David Fiske or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for David Fiske or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

David Fiske is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Rescued from Slavery: The Real Story of Solomon Northup from 12 Years a Slave, Anne Northup, Wife of Solomon Northup from 12 Years a Slave, Free Citizens Kidnapped into Slavery before the Civil War, Kidnapped. Black New Yorkers Caught in the Slave Trade and The Black America Show: When the Plantation Came to Brooklyn. The estimated speaking fee range to book David Fiske for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. David Fiske generally travels from Ballston Spa, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Buddy Levy, Professor Richard Dawkins, Jimmy Wales, Brad Meltzer and Super Star. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling David Fiske for an upcoming live or virtual event.

David Fiske Speaking Topics

  • Rescued from Slavery: The Real Story of Solomon Northup from 12 Years a Slave

    Solomon Northup was a free black man living in New York State. In 1841 he was lured away from home and sold as a slave. For nearly twelve years, he was a slave in Louisiana. Finally he was able to get a message to friends in New York, and he returned home as a free man. After writing a book about his experiences, he traveled around the Northeast giving speeches, and even helped fugitive slaves get to Canada thanks to his work on the Underground Railroad. Presenter David Fiske is a co-author of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave.

  • Anne Northup, Wife of Solomon Northup from 12 Years a Slave

    Solomon Northup was lured into slavery in 1841, and was a slave in Louisiana for 12 years before being rescued. What impact did Northup’s kidnapping have on his wife and family? This presentation will describe how his wife, Anne, carried on in his absence, and had her own career as a hotel chef. Presenter David Fiske is a co-author of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave.

  • Free Citizens Kidnapped into Slavery before the Civil War

    The film 12 Years a Slave told of Solomon Northup’s kidnapping and enslavement before the Civil War, but Northup’s victimization was not an isolated incident. Economics and governmental actions made such crimes profitable, and many citizens, primarily free blacks, were victimized. This presentation will explain how kidnappers could operate with relative ease, and tell about several of the victims included in David Fiske's book, Solomon Northup's Kindred: The Kidnapping of Free Citizens before the Civil War.

  • Kidnapped. Black New Yorkers Caught in the Slave Trade

    Under slavery, it was not only the slaves who suffered. Free blacks were at risk of being kidnapped and sold as slaves. Once they were taken to a slave state, their chances of returning home were small. Several New Yorkers, from various parts of the state, were rescued from slavery, and their kidnappers were held accountable for their deeds. Presenter David Fiske is the author of Solomon Northup's Kindred: The Kidnapping of Free Citizens before the Civil War.

  • The Black America Show: When the Plantation Came to Brooklyn

    After exposing the public to a huckstered version of life in the West--via his Wild West Show--Nate Salsbury initiated a new production in 1895 called Black America. Black America set out not merely to entertain, but to educate the public about the lives blacks had led in the antebellum south. Though the show included some acts that were not typical elements of plantation life--juggling, tight-rope walking, and drills by black cavalry troops--it also featured a village with over 100 cabins where blacks portrayed activities such as picking cotton, operating cotton gins, itinerant preaching, and socializing. Among the singing and dancing performances were examples of black culture that had developed under slavery, as well as newer creations. Show business considerations, as well as stereotypical thinking, resulted in the inclusion of minstrel songs, cakewalks, and tap dancing, but Salsbury's original purpose for creating the show was largely one of public education, and the Black America Show was less exploitative than other contemporary productions. It gave many African-Americans a foot in the door for careers in show business, and increased public awareness of their many skills and talents. Black America had runs in Brooklyn and several other U.S. cities.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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