12 Years a Slave

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Even if you have already watched Steve Mcqueen’s impeccable (Oscar-nominated) film adaptation of the book, this autobiography is worth reading. It is the story of a free black man, Solomon Northup, who is abducted and sold into enslavement, 12 Years a Slave is a one-of-its-kind, heart-rending look into what a slave’s life used to be like. Solomon fairly shows the savagery and timidity of the slavers and owners that he witnessed. He also keeps a very hopeful tone despite depicting the distress of a slave’s life. Although this heart-wrenching book is not an easy read, it definitely is a very important one.

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