Twelve Years a Slave : A True Story
by Solomon Northup
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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What is shocking, first-hand account of a remarkable man’s remarkable struggle for freedom; now prize-winning motion pictureu0022Why didn’t I die in my young years – before God gave me to the children to love and live?What misfortune and suffering and sorrow he would have preventedI sighed for freedom; but the slave of the chain was around me, and could not be shaken.1841: Solomon Northup is a violinist’s success when kidnapped and sold into slavery.Taken from his family in New York State, with no hope of ever seeing him again – and forced to work on the cotton plantations of the Deep South, he spent the next twelve years in captivity until his escape in 1853.Originally published in 1853, this extraordinary true story turned out to be a powerful voice in the debate on slavery in the years leading up to the Civil War.It is a true testamentary life of a man of courage and conviction in the face of the unfathomable injustice and brutality: his influence on the course of American history cannot be overestimated.
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