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Read the 1853 story on Solomon Northup's release from slavery

  • An excerpt of a New York Times story from Jan. 20, 1853 that explains the details surrounding the release of Solomon Northup, the main character from the 2014 best film, "12 Years a Slave."
An excerpt of a New York Times story from Jan. 20, 1853 that explains the details… (File photo from New York…)
March 03, 2014|RedEye staff

If you've seen this year's best picture, "12 Years a Slave," you know that the movie was based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, who was born in New York as a free man but was kidnapped in Washington, DC and sold into slavery.

The New York Times apparently wrote about Northup's release from slavery long before that memoir was published. As part of Smithsonian Magazine's new series called "Vintage Headlines," the magazine released this pdf of a New York Times story from Jan. 20, 1853, which includes details of "the seizure and recovery."

Read more about the history of Northup's rescue and the media's coverage of it at Smithsonianmag.com.

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