Check out Mary Niall Mitchell’s Common-place essay on the backstory of 12 Years.
As many of you now know, last night 12 Years A Slave won Oscars for Best Picture, Actress in a Supporting Role, and Adapted Screenplay. Congratulations to Steve McQueen, John Ridley, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, and the rest of the cast and crew for making this important movie.
“Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup,” – Steve McQueen
“Cruel, unjust, exploitative, oppressive, slavery bound two peoples together in bitter antagonism…” – Eugene Genovese
There are plans to bring this movie to classrooms across the country. Stay tuned.