Steve Mcqueen 's 12 Years A Slave Stars Chiwetel

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12 years Steve McQueen 's 12 Years a Slave stars Chiwetel Ejifor as Solomon Northup, a free black man in 1840s America. He makes his living as a fiddle player, and his wife is a teacher. He is shanghaied by a pair of nefarious white men, and soon finds himself on a ship headed to New Orleans where he is informed he will be called Platt and is sold into slavery by a businessman. As he toils away for the kindhearted but conflicted plantation owner Mr. Ford, who recognizes that Platt is both educated and an artist, he butts head with Ford. After they have a violent altercation, Ford sells him to Mr. Epps, an alcoholic who owns a cotton plantation. Even though Epps reads from the bible to his property, as he frequently refers to his slaves, he is himself not immune to sins. He has taken Patsey- his best cotton picker -- as his lover, and this doesn 't sit well at all with his wife, whose particular hatred for blacks and her jealousy fuels her many degrading actions toward Patsey. Solomon bides his time, attempts to preserve a modicum of self-respect, and waits for the chance to reclaim his rightful name and his family. During this time period the Abolitionist Movement was taking place. This relates to week 2 on our syllabus. the movement before and during the American Civil War to end slavery in the United States. This movement aimed to end the Atlantic Slave Trade in the United States and end slavery. The church said that slavery was not christian. The goal of the

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