If you’re interested in American history and in movies, then you’ll love this year’s Oscar nominees. The list of nominees for best picture includes films based on a true story of slavery in America, a political scandal from the 1970s, the hijacking of an American vessel by Somali pirates and the downfall of a corrupt Wall Street stockbroker. Here’s a look at three of the stories to be found in the 2014 nominees for best picture.
12 Years a Slave
“12 Years a Slave,” based on the book of the same name, is the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York who in 1841 was abducted and sold into slavery.
The text is the property of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Its electronic version is available for reading online. The book is the narrative of Solomon Northup’s experiences as a slave in pre-Civil War America. Read more