This is an audiobook recording of Twelve Years a Slave, by Solomon Northup. It is the memoir of an African American citizen from New York who is kidnapped in Washington city in 1841 and sold into slavery. After being held for twelve years on a series of Louisiana plantations, he is eventually freed and reunited with his family. Solomon Northup published his memoir the year he was rescued. The book provides an in depth description of plantation life, how slaves were fed, housed and punished. In the end, Northup denounces slavery as an institution but nonetheless expressed his gratitude to the masters who treated him with gentleness and generosity, and shows a surprising ability to forgive even the most unimaginable cruelties.