Twelve Years a Slave


By Solomon Northup

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Now an Award-winning Motion Picture, Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, is a heartfelt memoir by an African American man who was born free in Saratoga, New York but was tricked and kidnapped in 1843. He was sold into slavery and kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana before he could get word to his friends and return to his family. Read the story in Solomon's own words.

Twelve Years a Slave