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12 Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, is based on an 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup, a free black man in upstate New York who was kidnapped into slavery in 1841. Jaap Buitendijk/Fox Searchlight hide caption

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'12 Years A Slave' Was A Film That 'No One Was Making'

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Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup, a free black man in upstate New York who was kidnapped into slavery in 1841 and won his freedom 12 years later. The film 12 Years a Slave is an adaptation of Northup's 1853 memoir. Jaap Buitendijk/Fox Searchlight hide caption

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Historian Says '12 Years' Is A Story The Nation Must Remember

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