Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed August 27, 2014

"12 Years A Slave": The Book That Inspired The Movie

The film "12 Years a Slave" is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and forced into slavery. He wrote a memoir about the experience in 1853. Tom Hall talks with Dolen Perkins-Valdez, who has written an introduction for a new edition of Solomon Northup’s book.

Dolen Perkins-Valdez is also the author of a work of fiction about slavery. Wench was on the New York Times Bestseller List in 2010. You can buy the edition of "12 Years A Slave" with Perkins-Valdez's introduction here.

This segment originally aired on January 28, 2014.