A first person memoir of Solomon Northup. Northup was an African American born a free man in New York State. He was kidnapped in 1841 , sold into slavery and kept as a slave for 12 years in Louisiana. Originally Published in 1853, the bookdescribes in depth the conditions of slaves. The brutality, dehumanization, and desperation of the situation. The book describes the slave auctions and the cotton plantations in depth. 12 Years a Slave backed up Harriet Beecher Stowe’s fictional, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. His first hand account of life as a slave helped fuel the fire started by Uncle Tom’s Cabin.