12 Years A Slave

Production Notes, Fox Searchlight

The Film

"Utter Darkness" by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

About the Production

"Additional Historical Background" by David Fiske

About the Cast

About the Filmmakers

Film Credits

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Full biography of Solomon Northup, Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave.
Information at Solomon Northup page

Book cover, Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave

Solomon Northup was the most well-known kidnapping victim, but he was by no means the only one. The 2016 book, Solomon Northup's Kindred: The Kidnapping of Free Citizens before the Civil War, tells about many others who were kidnapped and sold into slavery. The book also provides historical background that explains why kidnappers were able to operate with relative ease.

Book cover, Solomon Northup's Kindred: The Kidnapping of Free Citizens before the Civil War

Go to Solomon Northup page (solomonnorthup.com)