"Utter Darkness" by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
"Additional Historical Background" by David Fiske
Watch the Standard-Definition trailer (requires Apple QuickTime)
Watch the High-Definition trailer
Watch this featurette about the making of the film 12 Years A Slave from Fox Searchlight.
Fox Searchlight's site with animated graphics
Full biography of Solomon Northup, Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave.
Information at Solomon Northup page
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.
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You can purchase autographed copies of these books. Go to Book Order page
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