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NPR News: '12 Years' Gets Story Right but Context, Some Details May be Off

by Davidson College

Bill AndrewsAs part of their "truth-squadding" week, NPR News interviewed Bill Andrews '68 on the historical accuracy of Golden Globe nominee "12 Years a Slave." A leading expert on African-American slave narratives and author of "To Tell a Free Story: The First Century of Afro-American Autobiography," Andrews discusses the popularity of the main character's autobiography in its time, the authenticity of the autobiography, and the autobiography's translation to film.

Andrews has been on the UNC Chapel Hill faculty since 1996 and is currently the E. Maynard Adams Professor of English. He has written or edited numerous articles and about 40 books in the field of African-American literature. From 2005 to 2012 he served as the Senior Associate Dean for the Fine Arts and Humanities at the UNC College of Fine Arts and Sciences and became known for his academic innovation, faculty support, and stellar fundraising.

Read the NPR transcript.