12 Years a slave

12 Years a Slave

by Solomon Northrup Year Published: first published in 1853

Casey Goyette, a sophomore from Uxbridge, read 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup. This is the true story of Solomon Northup, who was born and raised as a freeman in New York. He lived the American dream, with a house and a loving family - a wife and two kids. Then one day he was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in the deep-south. These are the true accounts of his twelve years as a slave.

“I enjoyed reading this book. My favorite character was the main character, Solomon Northup. He goes from having a comfortable life in New York to becoming a slave in the South. His one hope throughout the book was to escape slavery and return to his home and family in the North. I admire his courage and determination to achieve that goal. Northrup is the text-book definition of determination. Despite failing at several attempts to gain his freedom, he continues to try and eventually succeeds.”

“I recommend this book as it is an informative and interesting read. It is a great representation of the horrors of slavery, and gives the reader an insight into what slavery is like from someone who wasn’t always a slave. It’s something that everyone should read at some point.”