Is Amazon’s ‘The Underground Railroad’ Based on a True Story?

Is Amazon’s ‘The Underground Railroad’ Based on a True Story?
It’s only been four years since Barry Jenkins emphatically put his stamp on Hollywood with “Moonlight,” and now he’s putting his stamp on the world of television with the Amazon series “The Underground Railroad,” adapted from the Pulitzer-winning novel of the same name by Colson Whitehead.

Jenkins directed all ten episodes of the series, and it shows — “The Underground Railroad” is a masterpiece. It tells the story of a young slave named Cora (Thuso Mbedu) who escapes a plantation in Georgia and makes a long, arduous journey across several states while being pursued by a dogged slave catcher named Ridgeway (Joel Edgerton).

It is, in every single episode, thoroughly devastating — but Cora keeps going through it all, because what else could she do?

You might be wondering whether “The Underground Railroad,” being set in the antebellum South, is based on a true story. The answer is a definite no.
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