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12 Years a Slave

Set in the antebellum United States, the new film 12 Years a Slave is based on the true story of Solomon Northrup, a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. The film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, and Brad Pitt. For more reading:

The classic slave narratives by edited and with an introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr

Bullwhip days

Celia, a slave by Melton A. McLaurin

Harriet Jacobs: a life by Jean Fagan Yellin

The life and adventures of Henry Bibb: an American slave by Henry Bibb ; with a new introduction by Charles J. Heglar

Life of William Grimes, the runaway slave by edited by William L. Andrews and Regina E. Mason

Phillis Wheatley: biography of a genius in bondage by Vincent Carretta

Pioneers of the Black Atlantic: five slave narratives from the Enlightenment, 1772-1815 by edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., William L. Andrews

Equiano, the African: biography of a self-made man by Vincent Carretta

Testaments of courage: selections from men's slave narratives by Mary Young and Gerald Horne

Up from slavery by Booker T. Washington ; with an introduction by Ishmael Reed and a new afterword by Robert J. Norrell

Harriet Tubman: imagining a life by Beverly Lowry

Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave by Frederick Douglass. & Incidents in the life of a slave girl / by Harriet Jacobs ; introduction by Kwame Anthony Appiah ; notes and biographical note by Joy Viveros