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12 Years a Slave: The Real Solomon Northup

Published: 10/18/2013
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The Real Solomon Northup

The much-anticipated drama 12 Years a Slave opened in theaters on Friday, Oct. 18. The movie from director Steve McQueen tells the harrowing true story of Solomon Northup, who was born free in 1808 and kidnapped into slavery in 1841. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt star.

Northup endured 12 years of slavery before he was freed. He then wrote a book about his experience that became the basis for the movie. His story is one that's essential to American history, and its big-screen treatment will help ensure Northup is not forgotten.

Watch the movie trailer and read reviews, then learn even more about the extraordinarily true story of Solomon Northup.

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