12 years a slave by Solomon Northup

About the book

Born a free man in New York State in 1808, Solomon Northup was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841. He spent the next 12 years as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation, and during this time he was frequently abused and often afraid for his life. This is his detailed description of slave life and plantation society.

Reviewed by The Benches

Interesting and almost a horror story. Too much detail in some parts but an easy read and it uncovers slavery from the inside. Most of our readers rated it 3 stars and the rest 2 stars.

Star rating: ***

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2 thoughts on “12 years a slave by Solomon Northup”

  1. Review by U3A Lymington
    Authentic account. Book well written, leaving a lasting memory. Not for the squeamish.
    Star rating ****

  2. Review by Andover
    Mixed reviews. some felt it was detached and report like. Others thought it was very moving and involving. Not everyone finished it.
    Star rating * to ****

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