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us: Northup, Solomon, 1808-1863?


  • [Individual was born a free man, but became a slave]

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    • us: Northrup, Solomon, 1808-1863?
    • us: Northup, S. (Solomon), 1808-1863?
    • us: Northup, Solomon, b. 1808
    • us: Platt, 1808-1863?
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    • Northup, Solomon, b. 1808
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    • found: A freeman in bondage, 1890.
    • found: Twelve years a slave, 185-?: t.p. (S. Northup)
    • found: Amer. fict., 1851-1875, 1957 (Northup, Solomon, pseud.)
    • found: Northup Trail through central Louisiana, 1984?: cover p. 2 (Northup, called "Platt" as a slave)
    • found: Voice in the slave narrative of Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, and Solomon Northrup, 2003: CIP t.p. ; pref. (he came of age as a free black man in the northern state of New York, was kidnapped and enslaved for 12 years in Louisiana) chapter 1 (his slave narrative appeared in 1853)
    • found: Biog. & geneal. master index, Mar. 27, 2003 (Northup, Solomon (1808-1860?); Northup, Solomon (1808-1863); Northrup, Solomon (1808-1863))
    • found: African American biog. database, Mar. 27, 2003 (Northup, Solomon)
    • found: Britannica online, Mar. 27, 2003 (under Slave narrative: Solomon Northup)
    • found: Amer. national biog. online, Mar. 27, 2003 (Northup, Solomon (July 1808-1863?))
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed March 23, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Northup, Solomon; slave narrative author, fiddler; born July 1808 in Minerva, New York; craftsman on waterways in upstate New York; farmer, fiddler; moved to Saratoga Springs (1834); strangers sold him to slave trader (1841); wrote Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, full of detailed portrait of people, circumstances, social practices, slave market, fellow captives; attempted to escape; sold to another owner (1852); regained freedom, reunited with wife and children (1853); contracted with David Wilson, legislator, to write his memoir, published later in 1853, most detailed and realistic portraits of slave life; novel sold well, and resulted in identification and subsequent arrest of his kidnappers; never received legal recompense for the crimes against him; returned to work as carpenter; apparently died in 1863, United States)
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    • [Individual was born a free man, but became a slave]
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    • 1980-05-14: new
    • 2015-05-20: revised
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