Twelve Years a Slave is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.
First Published in 1853 in the year after his release, Twelve Years a Slave is the personal narrative of Solomon Northup, a free man and violin player from New York, who also happened to be black. On a trip to Washington to earn money playing music he was kidnapped, brought South and sold into slavery, where he spent twelve awful years in bondage before his eventual rescue.
In this coruscating and unflinching memoir Northup reveals the true horrors of slavery from the perspective of a man who has lived his life in freedom, leaving a wife and family behind him. From the slave markets to the plantations, through a the differing regimes of a variety of slave-owners, Northup details the appalling treatment of his fellow human beings in a book that was quickly championed by abolitionist groups after it's publication in 1853.
As well as the complete original text, beautifully formatted and laid out, this volume contains audio, as well as a number of illustrations that decorated the original publication.
- Full original text (including Appendices)
- Full Audio (Chapter by Chapter)
- Illustrations from the Original Publication
- Interactive Table of Contents for ease of Navigation