Paperback: 235 pages
Author: Solomon Northup
12 Years a Slave, is a true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. ’12 Years a Slave’ is an incredible autobiography with no friction, no exaggeration, written by an author ‘Solomon Northup’. The book is published on 1st February 2013.
- In 2013 a critically acclaimed feature film, ’12 Years a Slave’ directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup was released.
- The film has been nominated for 9 Oscars
- In 2014, the film was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awarded the film with Best Film award in February 2014, with Ejiofor winning the BAFTA for Best Actor.
- The film received critical acclaim following its release in 2013 and was named the best film of the year by several media outlets.
12 Years a Slave Summary
An incredible, true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. No fiction, no exaggeration. This special edition of the book commemorates the revival and the deserving success of an astounding, evergreen story in the form of Steve Mcqueen’s acclaimed movie 12 Years a Slave. The film was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, and received nine Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor.
Twelve Years a Slave is a memoir by Solomon Northup. It is a 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. After being published in several editions in the 19th century, the book fell into obscurity for early 100 years, until it was re-discovered.
Solomon Northup’s Biography
Solomon Northup was an American abolitionist and the primary author of the memoir ’12 Years a Slave’ . A free-born African American from New York, he was the son of a freed slave and free woman of color. A farmer and professional violinist, Northup had been a landowner in Hebron, New York. In 1841, he was offered a traveling musician’s job and went to Washington, D.C. (where slavery was legal); there he was drugged, kidnapped, and sold as a slave.He was shipped to New Orleans, purchased by a planter, and held as a slave for 12 years in the Red River region of Louisiana, mostly in Avoyelles Parish. He remained in slavery until he met a Canadian working on his plantation who helped get word to New York, where state law provided aid to free New York citizens kidnapped into slavery. Family and friends enlisted the aid of the Governor of New York, Washington Hunt, and Northup regained his freedom on January 3, 1853.
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