The Movie 12 Years A Slave

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The movie 12 Years a Slave is an accurate account of what it was like to be a slave or a free African American in the 1800’s. This movie was very detailed in what it was like to be an African American slave in the south showing the brutality and violence they suffered at the hands of the white man. Solomon Northup was born free in New York City and was captured and sold into slavery in the south. The practice of abducting free blacks from the north and selling them into slavery of the south was a very common occurrence. Solomon Northup is a free African American from Saratoga, New York in the year 1841. He was happily married and had two children. Even though it was rare to have an educated black man in this time zone, Solomon Northup was a man that could read and write. He had a job and supported his family financially. He also had cultural education for he was known to be a violin player. It was very unusual to have a black man so educated in this time period even in the north. The Gradual Emancipation Act of 1799 freed children born that year and New York officially became a free state in 1827. The north made African Americans free long before the south because the demand for slave labor was considerable less due to an industrialized economy. Solomon was abducted and forced into slavery as an adult when he couldn’t produce his “free papers” to the white man. He was taken abruptly and did not have a chance to tell his family. The white man told Solomon he was…
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