Author Solomon Northrup's "Twelve Years a Slave" captivates the reader with his autobiographical account of the twelve years that he was forced to live in slavery as a free black man between 1841 and 1853. Starting with fond memories of a normal life he lived during the first 33 years of his life, the New York native then treats the reader to the most candid and insightful look into the throes of slavery in the United States known to date. He ends his book with resolve to shed light on the evil of slavery. That resolve still has traction today as more and more readers learn about and read Northrup's book, which is revered by historians and critics alike as being one of the best modern-day historical/literary finds.
The book "Twelve Years A Slave" is one mans account of his kidnapping
and being sold into slavery. Solomon Northrup was a free man born July of 1808
in the north this is stated on page18. His anc...