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Despite its many exaggerated features, one crucial plot point of Tarantino’s Oscar-nominated film "Django Unchained" is drawn from real life: the lengths slaves would really go to in order to stay with or be reunited with their loved ones.
Author Betty DeRamus uncovered countless stories of slavery-era couples struggling to be together in the face of incredible adversity while researching her book, "Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad."
Here she shares one such remarkable story, of a slave named John Little, who carried his wife to freedom on her whip-scarred back.
Betty DeRamus spoke at an event presented by The Field Museum in February of 2006.
Photo: In Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained,’ freed slave Django, played by Jamie Fox, struggles to reunite with his wife, Broomhilda, played by Kerry Washington. (AP/Sony Pictures DAPD)