12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

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 offered into slavery, enduring incredible degradation and abuse until eventually his rescue twelve years later. Steve McQueen's strong movie variation starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch gained most sensible photograph at either the Oscars and the Golden Globes in 2014.

Tricked by means of males delivering him a role as a musician in long island kingdom in 1841, Solomon Northup used to be drugged and abducted. His existence is jeopardy, he used to be compelled to imagine a brand new identify and pretend earlier. Taken to Louisiana on a disease-ridden plague send, he used to be at first offered to a cotton planter.

In the twelve years that keep on with he's offered to many various vendors who deal with him with various degrees of savagery; pressured labour, scant nutrition and diverse beatings are his average fare. opposed to all odds, Northup finally succeeds in contacting a sympathetic celebration and manages to get notice to his kinfolk. the consequent rescue and criminal instances are not any much less surprising and fascinating than the remainder of the tale.

A true-life testomony to large braveness and tenacity within the face of unfathomable injustice, Northup's account additionally presents an extraordinary perception right into a murky previous 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

A robust and riveting condemnation of yank slavery, 12 Years a Slave is the harrowing precise tale of Solomon Northup who was once abducted and bought into slavery, enduring incredible degradation and abuse till his rescue twelve years later. Steve McQueen's robust 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.

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