This Day in History: 12 Years A Slave

Solomon Northup's legacy is explored through his descendants.
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Director Steve McQueen's critically acclaimed 12 Years A Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom.

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.  Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity.  In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.

On January 3 in 1853, Northup gained his freedom and wrote the memoir 12 Years A Slave about the inhumanity perpetrated against him and others on the Southern plantations he worked.

In “The Faces of Solomon,” Northup's legacy is explored through his descendants:

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