Twelve Years A Slave

Solomon Northup was born a free man in America, but in 1848 he was kidnapped into slavery in the South. After his escape from captivity - his book was published under the title Twelve Years A Slave. His story has now been made into a highly acclaimed film directed by Steve McQueen.

(Image: Solomon Northup from the frontispiece of his book)

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11 minutes

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Wed 8 Jan 2014 08:50 GMT

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