Twelve Years a Slave is a personal narrative about Solomon Northup, a free man who was forced into slavery. As a young adult, Northup was a very talented fiddle player. The locals loved to hear him play until 1841 when two men offered him money to join a traveling music show. Northup accepted but soon after was drug into slavery. He was then sold at an auction in New Orleans. This is an example of how deceiving and cruel white people can be. It also shows how easy it is for blacks to be tricked into being a slave after they have been living in a free state.
Northup was sold with a female acquaintance, Eliza. They were sold to a preacher named William Ford. Northup described him as a model master after Eliza’s plea for Ford to buy her daughter as well. Ford attempted, wanting to keep the family together, but Freeman refused to sell her. Northup believed that Ford used slavery for good instead of bad, because of his fathers influences this makes him a good and model master. A bad master consists of constant beatings and abuse. I believe that slavery is wrong no matter what and there is no such thing as a good slave master. Slaves may consider some masters better than others, but the fact of the matter is that they are still slaves. They are sold to an individual for their own personal pleasures. I do not believe that is right. I believe that all slave owners are bed.
Northup gets a change of atmosphere when he is sold to John Tibeats. Tibeats is not the kind master that Ford was. Ford was not known for beating his slaves, this left Northup dumbfounded when Tibeats tried to whip him when he misbehaved. This angered Northup and he fought back. After beating Tibeats until his arm was sore, he knew that he was going to be living in a different environment then he did with Ford. While working with Ford it was very leisurely and easy going. Northup quickly discovered that work with Tibeats was much different. He was forced to work from the earliest of dawn to late at night. This was not something he was accustomed to.