Twelve Years a Slave

Twelve Years a Slave Summary

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup is a memoir of a black man who was born free in New York state but kidnapped, sold into slavery and kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana before the American Civil War. He provided details of slave markets in Washington, DC, as well as describing at length cotton cultivation on major plantations in Louisiana.

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Very moving5 star

Hard to imagine what so many people had gone through in the not-so-distant past. This is the second time I read this book, and I was just as moved as I was in my initial reading.55

Houston CPA

TaxCPA5 star

This book was a great read. Sadly, works like this and other prolific, firsthand account writings are not commonly apart of high school required readings. Please read this and educate others with your takeaway. Best, TaxCPA55

Music Appreciation Junkie

Ecellent read!!!!5 star

I felt every heart break, disappointment, fear, loneliness, uncertainty, pain that Mr. Solomon felt throughout his uneventful journey. I'm so HAPPY to know that he had such a great ending! Thank God for the brave & caring Mr. Bass, he was a true heaven send!!55

Gratie 23

Excellent Book5 star

Well-written account of the horrors of slavery. Very interestingly presented, with good characterizations. It would be difficult to dispute the authenticity of Solomon's portrayal, as he writes with the clear-headedness of an intelligent man who has no "axe to grind," but who is merely stating the facts of his life. I enjoyed reading it, even though the atrocities of mankind toward mankind are Painful to behold. It is imperative that we all remember the depths to which humankind can sink.55

Stolen and enslaved

12Years a Slave5 star

Again I write: This engrossing book certainly enlightened me to the atrocities of slavery in America's history. Written by an obviously intelligent mind of the tenacious Solomon Northrup, it is high on my shelf of best books ever.55


5 stars!!!!5 star

Excellent!! A must read!55

Bray dead

Twelve years a slave5 star

This story was a perfect reflection of life's twists and turns. We live and learn!55


Phenomenal!5 star

Clear & concise account of horrendous experience living through 12 years being a slave.55

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