By Solomon Northup
A strong and riveting condemnation of yank slavery, 12 Years a Slave is the harrowing precise 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 strong movie edition starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch received most sensible photograph at either the Oscars and the Golden Globes in 2014.
Tricked through males providing him a role as a musician in ny kingdom in 1841, Solomon Northup used to be drugged and abducted. His existence is jeopardy, he used to be pressured to imagine a brand new identify and pretend previous. Taken to Louisiana on a disease-ridden plague send, he was once first and foremost bought to a cotton planter.
In the twelve years that stick with he's offered to many alternative vendors who deal with him with various degrees of savagery; pressured labour, scant foodstuff and diverse beatings are his ordinary fare. opposed to all odds, Northup finally succeeds in contacting a sympathetic social gathering and manages to get notice to his relatives. the consequent rescue and criminal instances aren't any much less surprising and interesting than the remainder of the tale.
A true-life testomony to super braveness and tenacity within the face of unfathomable injustice, Northup's account additionally presents 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 bound to introduce this striking tale to a brand new audience.
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12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup