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on 3 March 2014
Reading this particular edition of the several currently available proved fortuitous, as it contains lots of further information about Solomon Northup's life, before and after his enslavement.
Much of the information contained in the book has also been verified, as far as has been possible, with an intervening gap of around 150 years, and a Civil War.
There are even court transcripts and details of legal action taken against those responsible for Solomon's suffering - information which highlighted the inability of coloured people of that time to get legal justice for such grave crimes against them!
The author, Sue Eakin, has very on obviously devoted a great deal of time and effort to finding further information to add to Solomon Northup's own narrative, as her added information fills close to half the finished book, and is a historians gold mine. There is even a website devoted to the book and its subject matter.
Sue Eakins further research has completely supported Solomon's narrative, whereas, if read alone, could have been considered a work of fiction, similar to Uncle Tom's Cabin, which had acquired greater popularity, both at the time, and since.
If you want to delve deeper into the entire story of Solomon, his experiences, and the entire slavery issue, then this is the version of "Twelve Years a Slave" that you need to read. I can't imagine that anyone else could have done any better or delved deeper than Sue Eakin.