Slavery and California

UCLA is in possession of the first edition print of Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir that describes how he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. The book, of course, is the basis for this year’s Oscar-winning best picture, 12 Years a Slave. The renewed interest in Northup’s work prompted UCLA's Brenda Stevenson to revisit California’s history of slavery, something most Californians know little about.



  • Brenda Stevenson - professor of history and African American studies at UCLA; author of “The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender, and the Origins of the LA Riots” - @uclahist