Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup

The Nov. 1st release of Fox Searchlight’s film “12 Years a Slave” brings to our attention again this famous narrative from 1853, which has been reprinted several times.  Testimonials by former slaves were highly popular in the antebellum North and were an important tool in the abolitionists’ efforts to end slavery.  The Special Collections dept. houses a number of these testimonials, including a first edition of Northrup’s work.