In 1852, the novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin (or Life Among the Lowly)” by Harriet Beecher Stowe was published for the first time. It was like pouring gasoline over the already raging argument over slavery in the U.S. 11 years earlier, Solomon Northrup was a free man living a good life in Saratoga, NY. He played the violin and worked at other skilled professions to earn a living. He was married with two children. Then he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. He would remain there until being freed a dozen years later. Then he wrote his own book, “12 Years A Slave” which also became a bestseller. However, while the novel is very well known in this era, the story of Solomon Northrup was virtually unknown. Until his book was made into an outstanding film.