Most helpful critical review
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Harsh reality - paints a picture of the past and explains the present
on December 7, 2013
For many, the picture of the South and slavery springs from "Gone with the Wind" or the Chevy Chase scene on the porch of his character's plantation. The contrast between those images and the reflections of Solomon Northup is harsh. Not for the squeamish, this book will put hair on your chest and dirt under your fingernails. When I finished this book, I said to myself, "Got it." This story documents slavery through the Civil War, explains the resistance to equal rights (civil rights), and documents the plights of the descendants of the black and white people of the South.