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12 Years A Slave by Solomon Northrup

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There are only a few first-hand accounts about the horrors and injustice of slavery. A people were forcibly taken from their homeland for what one of my professors termed, commodities for other people's consumption. They were forced into chattel servitude in perpetuity for the benefit of a few, by virtue of their skin color and place of birth. It is against this backdrop of history and systemic racism that I read the book, 12 Years A Slave, made popular by Steve McQueen's recent movie. Like a typical bibliophile, I prefer to read the literary works before seeing a director's interpretation of it. It was more like a first-hand account of the depravity of American history and truly man's inhumanity to man in the unfiltered greed that caused these white men to deceive and kidnap a free black man, born of free black parents, change this man's name, beat him to within an inch of his life if he exposes his true identity, and for the equivalent of thirty pieces o