By Solomon Northup
A robust and riveting condemnation of yank slavery, 12 Years a Slave is the harrowing actual tale of Solomon Northup who was once abducted and bought into slavery, enduring unbelievable degradation and abuse until eventually his rescue twelve years later. Steve McQueen's strong movie version starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch received top photograph at either the Oscars and the Golden Globes in 2014.
Tricked through males supplying him a task as a musician in big apple 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 pretend prior. Taken to Louisiana on a disease-ridden plague send, he used to be firstly bought to a cotton planter.
In the twelve years that stick with he's offered to many various vendors who deal with him with various degrees of savagery; compelled labour, scant meals and various beatings are his usual fare. opposed to all odds, Northup finally succeeds in contacting a sympathetic social gathering and manages to get be aware to his kinfolk. the consequent rescue and criminal situations are not any much less stunning and fascinating 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 offers an extraordinary perception right into a murky prior being meticulous first-hand recordings of slave existence. a brand new movie premiering in 2013, that includes Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch, is certain to introduce this impressive tale to a brand new audience.
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12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup