Extract from the powerful memoir which inspired Steve McQueen's Oscar nominated film of the same title.
In this episode, Solomon describes the harsh realities of life as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation.
Solomon Northup's eloquent first-hand account of slavery was published in 1853 - eight years before the American Civil War and twelve years before the abolition of slavery in the United States in 1865.
Reader: Rhashan Stone
Abridger: Robin Brooks
Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.