The shocking first-hand account of one man's remarkable fight for
freedom; now a major motion picture. 'Why had I not died in my
young years - before God had given me children to love and live
for? What unhappiness and suffering and sorrow it would have
prevented. I sighed for liberty; but the bondsman's chain was round
me, and could not be shaken off.' 1841: Solomon Northup is a
successful violinist when he is kidnapped and sold into slavery.
Taken from his family in New York State - with no hope of ever
seeing them again - and forced to work on the cotton plantations in
the Deep South, he spends the next twelve years in captivity until
his eventual escape in 1853. First published in 1853, this
extraordinary true story proved to be a powerful voice in the
debate over slavery in the years leading up to the Civil War. It is
a true-life testament of one man's courage and conviction in the
face of unfathomable injustice and brutality: its influence on the
course of American history cannot be overstated.