This is a hard book to read, hard because of the inhumanity of how people treat other people. When I saw the movie I thought, as bad as slavery is portrayed in this movie I expect it was worse. From the writing of Solomon Northup of his experiences it was much worse. Born in the state of New York he was a free Black man. Kidnapped in Washington, DC he was taken to New Orleans and sold into slavery. It was very providential that he was found and freed. As I said, this is a tough book to read, but one that everyone should read.