By Solomon Northup
A strong and riveting condemnation of yank slavery, 12 Years a Slave is the harrowing actual tale of Solomon Northup who was once abducted and offered into slavery, enduring incredible degradation and abuse until eventually his rescue twelve years later. Steve McQueen's robust movie variation starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch gained most sensible photograph at either the Oscars and the Golden Globes in 2014.
Tricked by way of males supplying him a task as a musician in long island nation in 1841, Solomon Northup used to be drugged and abducted. His lifestyles is jeopardy, he was once pressured to imagine a brand new identify and faux prior. Taken to Louisiana on a disease-ridden plague send, he was once in the beginning bought to a cotton planter.
In the twelve years that persist with he's bought to many alternative proprietors who deal with him with various degrees of savagery; compelled labour, scant nutrients and various beatings are his normal fare. opposed to all odds, Northup finally succeeds in contacting a sympathetic social gathering and manages to get notice to his kinfolk. the resultant rescue and criminal instances are not any much less stunning and interesting than the remainder of the tale.
A true-life testomony to great braveness and tenacity within the face of unfathomable injustice, Northup's account additionally presents a unprecedented perception right into a murky earlier being meticulous first-hand recordings of slave lifestyles. a brand new movie premiering in 2013, that includes Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch, is bound to introduce this extraordinary tale to a brand new audience.
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12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup