Steve McQueen’s next film project, which will star Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, the free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt are also slated to have starring roles.
Because the copyright on the book has expired, UNC-Chapel Hill (my alma mater) features an electronic version of the book in their Documenting the American South website. It appears as if they now own the copyright. Whatever, they’re sharing it for free.
”Well, my boy, how do you feel now?” said Burch, as he entered through the open door. I replied that I was sick, and inquired the cause of my imprisonment. He answered that I was his slave— that he had bought me, and that he was about to send me to New-Orleans. I asserted, aloud and boldly, that I was a freeman—a resident of Saratoga, where I had a wife and children, who were also free, and that my name was Northup. I complained bitterly of the strange treatment I had received, and threatened, upon my liberation, to have satisfaction for the wrong. He denied that I was free, and with an emphatic oath, declared that I came from Georgia. Again and again I asserted I was no man’s slave, and insisted upon his taking off my chains at once. He endeavored to hush me, as if he feared my voice would be overheard. But I would not be silent, and denounced the authors of my imprisonment, whoever they might be, as unmitigated villains. Finding he could not quiet me, he flew into a towering passion. With blasphemous oaths, he called me a black liar, a runaway from Georgia, and every other profane and vulgar epithet that the most indecent fancy could conceive.
I look forward to McQueen’s film, which I expect will be unflinchingly brilliant.