12 Years A Slave

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Solomon Northup's powerful memoir, which inspired Steve McQueen's Oscar-nominated film.

The memoir which inspired Steve McQueen's Oscar nominated film of the same title.

This powerful first-hand account of the degradations and evils of slavery was published in 1853 - eight years before the American Civil War and twelve years before the abolition of slavery in the United States in 1865.

Solomon Northup, the son of an emancipated slave, was a free man who lived with his wife and children in New York, working as a carpenter and violinist. In 1841, two circus promoters offered Northup a high-paying job and he travelled south with them to Washington D.C. Soon after arriving in the capital, he was drugged, beaten and sold into slavery. Threatened with murder should he ever reveal what had happened, he spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity in Louisiana.

After his rescue, Northup was reunited with his family and went on to publish this eloquent and important memoir. It was an immediate bestseller.

Reader: Rhashan Stone

Abridger: Robin Brooks

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

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Kidnapped and far from home, Solomon Northup is sent to be sold as a slave Virginia.

Extracts from the powerful memoir which inspired Steve McQueen's Oscar nominated film of the same title.

Solomon Northup was a free man who worked as a carpenter in the state of New York. In 1841, two circus promoters offered him a high-paying job and he travelled south with them to Washington D.C. Soon after arriving in the capital, he was drugged, beaten and sold into slavery. Threatened with murder should he ever reveal what had happened, he spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity in Louisiana.

After his rescue, Northup was reunited with his family and went on to publish this eloquent and important memoir. It was an immediate bestseller.

Reader: Rhashan Stone

Abridger: Robin Brooks

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

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Solomon is sold to a new master in lieu of a debt.

Extract from the powerful memoir which inspired Steve McQueen's Oscar nominated film of the same title.

Solomon Northup was a free man who worked as a carpenter in the state of New York. During a visit south to Washington in 1841, he was kidnapped and sold to a slave trader. He spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity in Louisiana.

After his rescue, Northup was reunited with his family and went on to publish this important memoir; a vital testimony of the cruel realities of life as a slave in the American south.

Reader: Rhashan Stone

Abridger: Robin Brooks

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

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Solomon and his fellow slaves endure the cruel whims of cotton planter Edwin Epps.

Extract from the powerful memoir which inspired Steve McQueen's Oscar nominated film of the same title.

In this episode, Solomon describes the harsh realities of life as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation.

Solomon Northup's eloquent first-hand account of slavery was published in 1853 - eight years before the American Civil War and twelve years before the abolition of slavery in the United States in 1865.

Reader: Rhashan Stone

Abridger: Robin Brooks

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

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Final extract from the powerful memoir which inspired Steve McQueen's Oscar nominated film of the same title.

In this episode we learn how Solomon managed to prove that he was a free man and gained his release from slavery to return home to his family in the north.

Solomon Northup's powerful first-hand account of the degradations and evils of slavery was published in 1853 - eight years before the American Civil War and twelve years before the abolition of slavery in the United States in 1865.

Reader: Rhashan Stone

Abridger: Robin Brooks

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

A right-thinking Canadian helps Solomon regain his freedom and return to his family.