12 Years A Slave – The Story from 1853!

Posted By Levi

March 5th, 2014 7:19pm

As many of you are aware, the movie that won the Oscar for the Best Picture, 12 Years A Slave, is based on a true story.

It is based on the life of Solomon Northup. Northup was never born a slave. He was a free African American living in Saratoga Springs, New York.  In 1842 he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana. There on the plantation he suffered the indignities of a slave for 12 years. All during that time his wife and two children had no idea where he was. Eventually, his true identity was established and he was freed and returned to his wife and family.

Here is the story of Northup’s ordeal as reported in the New York Times on January 18, 1853.

12 years a slave


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