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BTN LiveBIG: Nebraska, Maryland historians uncover fascinating details of American slavery

The human experience of slavery in the United States was recently and memorably captured in the Oscar-winning Best Film “12 Years a Slave,” adapted from the 1853 novel of the same name by Solomon Northup. But while Northup’s long fight to reclaim his freedom after a ruthless kidnapping was an undeniably compelling story, it wasn’t representative of the typical struggle of African-Americans who sought to break the bonds of slavery. “It’s not ‘12 Years a Slave,’ but ‘100 Years a Slave Family,’” said Nebraska history professor Will Thomas. “It took that long in many of these cases.” “These cases” are