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Twelve Years a Slave

Twelve Years a Slave

Author: Solomon Northrop

Year Published: 1853

Description: After living as a free man in New York State for 33 years, Solomon Northup was kidnapped in Washington D.C. and transported to New Orleans, where he was sold into slavery. In Twelve Years a Slave, Northup recounts this period in his life, describing in meticulous detail the experiences of slaves in Louisiana and how he survived backbreaking work, harsh conditions, rampant illness and physical abuse. Published in 1853, the autobiography is credited with helping the abolitionist cause in the run up to the Civil War. In 2013, a film adaptation was released to critical acclaim.

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