This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Chiwetel Ejiofor, center, in a scene from the film, “12 Years A Slave.” (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Jaap Buitendijk)
12 Years a Slave Writer: Killed as Union Spy?
Solomon Northup vanished from history, and theories abound
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Solomon Northup led an incredible life that inspired an Oscar-winning film, 12 Years a Slave—that much we know. But how Northup died remains a mystery that historians are still trying to solve, the AP reports. To recap, Northup was living with his family in upstate New York when two white men lured him to Washington, DC, in 1841, kidnapped him, and sold him into slavery in New Orleans. He survived 12 years on a Louisiana cotton plantation before friends sprung him, and he went on to publish a memoir and help escaped slaves attain freedom via the Underground Railroad.