Twelve Years a Slave is the true story of Solomon Northup: born a free black man in New York State, and sold into slavery after being tricked in 1841. Unable to convince anyone he is not a slave, Solomon spent 12 years in bondage, before finally being set free. Northup’s memoir, recounting details of the slave markets and the harsh life on plantations, was used in the struggle to abolish slavery in the United States.
If you don't know who Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carl Gardner is, you should. The story of the lead tenor of pioneering vocal group The Coasters is brought to life in this audiobook. Telling the story of their rise to fame and laying bare the barriers that not only The Coasters but all black artists through the 1950s and '60s faced, it's a must for any music fan.