Twelve Years a Slave, sub-title: Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana, is a memoir by Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson.
It is a slave narrative of a black man who was born free in New York state but kidnapped in Washington, D.C., sold into slavery, and kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana. He provided details of slave markets in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, as well as describing at length cotton and sugar cultivation on major plantations in Louisiana.
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12 years a slave
Very thought provoking book. Amazing what the human spirit can live through.
An incredible story...
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, read this book first!
This is an incredible, first-hand account of the brutality of slavery, and it’s a shame that this book remained largely obscure before the movie came out. It’s not an easy or comfortable read, but it will make you think.