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Meet the Authors Who Turned “12 Years a Slave” Into a Children’s Book

  The film 12 Years a Slave, which opens across the United States on November 1, is already a top Oscar contender, but this isn’t the first time Solomon Northup’s story has been told. Northup, a free African American who was kidnapped into slavery in 1841 and freed in 1853, told it himself in his…

A Historian’s Perspective on “12 Years a Slave”

In 1853, Solomon Northup published a harrowing tale of being kidnapped and sold into slavery despite being born a free man.  Last week, film director Steve McQueen brought Northup’s words to life with the box office hit 12 Years A Slave.  Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson, an African American Studies professor at Harvard University, thought the…