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Scholars, others connected to Northup’s story share views on film

Chiwetel Ejiofor, left, stars as Solomon Northup and Michael Fassbender plays Edwin Epps in “12 Years a Slave.”
Photographer: Francois Duhamel/Fox Searchlight
Chiwetel Ejiofor, left, stars as Solomon Northup and Michael Fassbender plays Edwin Epps in “12 Years a Slave.”
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Three weeks after “12 Years a Slave” landed in Capital Region theaters, the movie about Solomon Northup is winning high praise from local scholars, historians and others deeply connected with his story. Directed by British filmmaker Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave” is based on the book of the same title written in 1853 by Northup, a free African-American man from Washington County, and relates the true story of how the 32-year-old married father of ...

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