Courtesy of New York Public Library
With an abundance of slave narratives available the more original the story was, the wider the potential audience. Solomon Northup's Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup (1853) gained great popularity in part due to Northup's exceptional tale. Northup was born free in New York state in 1808. When he was thirty-three, Northup was kidnapped and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years as a slave in Louisiana. A year after he was rescued from enslavement, Northup published the account of his time as a slave and the narrative was an immediate success. Since 1999 the residents of Saratoga Springs, New York have celebrated Solomon Northup Day every July 24th in his honor.