Solomon Northrup

  • Reflect on Solomon Northup's "A Slave's Christmas"

    by Alan J. Singer

    Solomon Northup's famed description of being kidnapped from freedom in New York to slavery in Louisiana includes a description of Christmas revelry that shows how the enslaved preserved community and humanity, and a contrast to the yearly reality of fear and labor. 

  • The Passion of Solomon Northrup

    by Eric Herschthal

    If the film is “true” to anything in the book, it should be true to Northup’s voice, not his facts; that voice is what makes “12 Years a Slave” so enduring.