Solomon Northup - 12 Years a Slave (2nd Hand Paperback)
The shocking first-hand account of one man’s remarkable fight for freedom; now an award-winning motion picture.
As told to and edited by David Wilson.
‘Why had I not died in my young years - before God had given me children to love and live for? What unhappiness and suffering and sorrow it would have prevented. I sighed for liberty; but the bondsman's chain was round me, and could not be shaken off.’
1841: Solomon Northup is a successful violinist when he is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Taken from his family in New York State - with no hope of ever seeing them again - and forced to work on the cotton plantations in the Deep South, he spends the next twelve years in captivity until his eventual escape in 1853.
First published in 1853, this extraordinary true story proved to be a powerful voice in the debate over slavery in the years leading up to the Civil War.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : As New
- Category : Non-Fiction - History & Futurology
- Published : 1853 (This Edition - 2014)
- ISBN : 9780141393827
- SKU : B000017
- PPC : SP390gm
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"It is a true-life testament of one man’s courage and conviction in the face of unfathomable injustice and brutality: its influence on the course of American history cannot be overstated." - The Guardian.
Solomon Northup (born July 10, c. 1807 or 1808) was an American abolitionist and the primary author of the memoir Twelve Years a Slave. A free-born African American from New York, he was the son of a freed slave and a free woman of colour.