161-Year Ago, The New York Times Wrote About 12 Years a Slave (Photo)

Posted: March 4, 2014 by realjdobypr in News

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Solomon Northup was kidnapped and sold into slavery over 150 years ago, and the Times was on it.

Northup, the subject of the Best Picture-crowned 12 Years a Slave, “excited so high a degree of interest” in his story that in 1853 the New York Times dedicated an entire page to his experiences.

Check out an excerpt from the article below

When Solomon was about to leave, under the care of Mr. Northrup, this girl came from behind her but, unseen by her master, and throwing her arms around the neck of Solomon congratulated him on his escape from slavery, and his return to his family, at the same time in language of despair exclaiming, “But, Oh, God! what will become of me?”

By the laws of Louisiana no man can be punished there for having sold Solomon into slavery wrongfully, because more than two years had elapsed…

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