These are not my thoughts on the autobiography turned movie 12 years a slave. They are the thoughts of my friend and fellow historical romance writer Haley Whitehall.
Reblogged from Haley Whitehall:
I’ve read Solomon Northup’s memoir Tweleve Years a Slave as part of my research. Solomon Northup’s autobiography was published in 1853 and is an amazing resource. People might not know about this dark part of slavery, but many free African Americans were kidnapped and sold into slavery. Solomon Northup’s memoir is the first and possibly only published account of such an account. One of my WIPs will deal with this difficult subject.
12 Years a Slave is a 2013 British-American historical drama film based on the 1853 autobiography Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. after being lured from Saratoga Springs, New York in 1841 and sold into slavery. He worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 years before his release. The film is directed by Steve McQueen and written by John Ridley. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup. 12 Years a Slave premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on August 30, 2013. The film is scheduled to be commercially released on October 18, 2013.Here is the trailer for 12 Years a Slave: