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Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon NorthupTwelve Years a Slave, sub-title: Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana, is a memoir by Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson. It is a slave narrative of a black man who was born free in New York state but kidnapped in Washington, D.C., sold into slavery, and kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana. He provided details of slave markets in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, as well as describing at length cotton and sugar cultivation on major plantations in Louisiana.
12 Years A Slave
Please refresh the page and retry. This piece was originally published in December , before the release of the film 12 Years a Slave. It was only when he went to college to study black history and literature and the name Northup resurfaced that he began to pay closer attention. T welve Years a Slave describes how Solomon Northup, born in upstate New York and married with three children at the time of his capture, ended up working in the cotton fields of Louisiana. It recounts in grim detail the suffering he endured at the hands of several slave owners before being rescued in
Northup was put to work on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 years before being released. The first scholarly edition of Northup's memoir, co-edited in by Sue Eakin and Joseph Logsdon , carefully retraced and validated the account and concluded it to be accurate. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup. The locations used were four historic antebellum plantations ; Felicity , Bocage , Destrehan , and Magnolia. Of the four, Magnolia is nearest to the actual plantation where Northup was held. The Best Picture win made McQueen the first black British producer to ever receive the award and the first black British director of a Best Picture winner.