12 Years A Slave (Book): Tipstor? Pick

Adapted into a Hollywood feature film.

Solomon Northup (1808 – c. 1864-1875) was an African American carpenter who was born free in Minerva, Essex County, New York, but was bound into slavery later in life for a period of twelve years. He regained his freedom in January 1853.

  • Book: 12 Years A Slave
  • Author: Solomon Northup
  • Publisher: Graymalkin Media
  • Genre(s): Biography, Autobiography, Slave narrative

Summary: Twelve Years a Slave is an 1853 memoir and slave narrative by American Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson. Northup, a black man who was born free in New York state, details his being tricked to go to Washington, D.C., where he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Deep South.


We can never read his account of his days in slavery, of his independence of spirit, of his determination to be free?without believing that it would make a difference in today’s world if our contemporaries knew of such a man as Solomon Northup. The extraordinary narrative of Solomon Northup is one of the most remarkable book that was ever issued from the American press. Its truth is far greater than fiction.