Twelve Years a Slave

Solomon Northup
The story that inspired the major motion picture, with an introduction by the bestselling author of Wench, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing, vividly detailed, and utterly unforgettable account of slavery.Solomon Northup was an entrepreneur and dedicated family man, father to three young children, Elizabeth, Margaret, and Alonzo. What little free time he had after long days of manual and farm labor he spent reading books and playing the violin. Though his father was born into slavery, Solomon was born and lived free.In March 1841, two strangers approached Northup, offering him employment as a violinist in a town hundreds of miles away from his home in Saratoga Springs, New York. Solomon bid his wife farewell until his return. Only after he was drugged and bound did he realize the strangers were kidnappers—that nefarious brand of criminals in the business of capturing runaway and free blacks for profit. Thus began Northup's horrific life as a slave.Dehumanized, beaten, and worked mercilessly, Northup suffered all the more, wondering what had become of his family. One owner was savagely cruel and Northup recalls he was “indebted to him for nothing, save undeserved abuse.” Just as he felt the summer of his life fade and all hope nearly lost, he met a kindhearted stranger who changed the course of his life.With its firsthand account of this country's Peculiar Institution, this is a book no one interested in American history can afford to miss.


Reviewed: 2015-01-19

" There's a sin, a fearful sin, resting on this nation, that will not go unpunished forever. There will be a reckoning yet-yes..." America is still reaping the sorrows of slavery. The current state of the black community can still be attributed to slavery (Blacks still bear responsibility to their current state). While justice has never been fully served for the hundreds of years of slavery, oppression, and Jim Crow, the justice experienced in this book is warming. Solomon Northrup writes in such a majestic way that your mind seems to float on his words. He often apologizes for not going into detail for certain situations; however, his style of writing allows your imagination to paint the picture. This book is an inevitable part of American history. Despite the color of the reader, this book should be in everbody's library as it shows the struggles and triumphs of the human being. 

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