Check out the 19th-century, bestselling memoir that inspired the 2014 Oscar winner for Best Picture: Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup.
The son of a freed slave, Solomon Northup lived the first thirty years of his life as a free man in upstate New York. In the spring of 1841, he was offered a job: a short-term, lucrative engagement as a violinist in a traveling circus. It was a trap. In Washington, DC, Northup was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years on plantations in Louisiana, enduring backbreaking labor, unimaginable violence, and inhumane treatment at the hands of cruel masters, until a kind stranger helped to win his release. His account of those years is a shocking, unforgettable portrait of America’s most insidious historical institution as told by a man who experienced it firsthand.
Twelve Years also took home awards for Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and Best Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley) and was nominated in six other categories: Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), Best Director (Steve McQueen), Best Costume Design, Film Editing, and Production Design.
Addendum: We now have Twelve Years a Slave in print (Conway).
12 years a slave :
narrative of Solomon Northup, a citizen of New York, kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana
Call Number: E444 .N87 2013