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Two men separated by 100 years are united in their search for freedom. In 1856 a slave, Samuel Woodward and his family, escape from the Monroe Plantation near Richmond, Virginia. A secret network of ordinary people known as the Underground Railroad guide the family on their journey north to Canada. They are relentlessly pursued by the notorious slave hunter Plimpton. Hunted like a dog and haunted by the unthinkable suffering he and his forbears have endured, Samuel is forced to decide between revenge or freedom. 100 years earlier in 1748, John Newton the Captain of a slave trader sails from Africa with a cargo of slaves, bound for America. On board is Samuel's great grandfather whose survival is tied to the fate of Captain Newton. The voyage changes Newton's life forever and he creates a legacy that will inspire Samuel and the lives of millions for generations to come.Written by
John Newton's fiancée sings It Is Well (With My Soul) which was written 100+'years later. See more »
Soon after the group of four runaway slaves met up with the Quaker conductor, the map used to indicate the circuitous Underground Railroad route shows both Virginia and West Virginia along with Maryland and Delaware. In fact, West Virginia did not become a state until 1863, seven years after the setting of the film in 1856. See more »
As an elementary music teacher that grew up in the church, I was surprised by the lack of historical research regarding the music chosen in this movie. Within 20 minutes, discrepancies musically began that bothered me as a music educator. The fact that John Newtons betrothed sang It Is Well in the church after leaning that her love would travel to Africa is completely impossible given that the year was 1748 and the song wasn't written until the late 1800's. I know this partially because of my childhood in the church and the fact that I later moved to Chicago as a young adult. The song was penned after the the great Chicago Fire, as a young lawyer lost much including his song.
Later, in 1856, as Cuba Goodings character is met by their second encounter, a duo sing I'm ON My Way (to Canaans Land), I am once again disappointed by The lack of historical accuracy as this song was penned by the great Mahalia Jackson. She wasn't born until 1911 (died 1972 in Illinois).
As a music history buff ... Was there no one that could simply give this information ,that is so easily available, to the film people to provide a bit more accuracy to the film?
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