xxxv, 252 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Originally published by Derby and Miller in 1853.
Published with an introduction by Ira Berlin: New York : Penguin Books, 2012.
This edition, with a foreword by Steve McQueen published in 2013.
"Now a major motion picture"--Cover.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. It recounts how Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, was lured to Washington, D.C., in 1841 with the promise of fast money, then drugged and beaten and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity on a Louisiana cotton plantation. After his rescue, Northup published this exceptionally vivid and detailed account of slave life. It became an immediate bestseller and today is recognized for its insight and eloquence as one of the very few portraits of American slavery produced by someone as educated as Solomon Northup, or by someone with the dual perspective of having been both a free man and a slave.
African American experience.
12 years a slave