Twelve Years a Slave (Illustrated) - Solomon Northup

Twelve Years a Slave (Illustrated)

By Solomon Northup

  • Release Date: 2014-03-16
  • Genre: United States
Score: 4.5
From 219 Ratings


Twelve Years a Slave, sub-title: Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana, is a memoir by Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson. It is a slave 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. He provided details of slave markets in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, as well as describing at length cotton and sugar cultivation on major plantations in Louisiana.


  • Truly captivating

    By Sistrb
    The horrors, that this man and others, endured, are so wrong as to make me wonder how any civilized person, let alone a nation, could believe them to be allowable. His tale has waited too long to be heard.
  • Twelve Years a Slave

    By M. Kleshick
    A must read. This is a horrible true injustice brought on to an incredible human being that never gave up hope. I cried so many times realizing that this had happened to so many unfortunate innocent human beings based on the color of their skin! Can't wait to see the movie because we all need to acknowledge this grotesque brutality of human beings.
  • Excellent book.....many typos though.

    By kroshaynut
    What am amazing story. I was quite disappointed with the numerous typos in the book and the fact that it appears spell check only was used. There were numerous words that should not have been included if only a person had proofed the book. Other than that, the story held my attention and for that, I give the book five stars.
  • 12 years a Slave

    By maela49
    This beautifully written book tells the story of slavery in a very personal manner. Throughout the sad tale the author describes both very wicked and also fine people. He senses beauty in nature and the beings who surround him in spite of the misery of his days. It is with relief that one realizes that in a very short while,the despicable instition of slavery will be ended.
  • Impressive

    By Kwuser
    Hard to put down.
  • Book first, then the movie

    By TeddiABear
    A MUST read. The book is difficult to bear, the movie no easier. But I wish I read the book before I saw the movie. God bless Mr. Solomon Northup. May his soul rest comfortably, as he deserves, and may his story continuously reach the ears of generations to he deserves.
  • 12 Years A Slave

    By Purple Pharoh
    I have always been interested in history. So if you love learning things before you where born 12 Years a Slave is the best choice for you. It was for me!