Northup Reunited

Kidnappers of Solomon Northup Caught!

The Northup kidnappers are likely “to do the State some services.” The evidence against them appears to be conclusive; and they are likely to end their base career by TEN YEARS OF SLAVERY in the penitentiary.

Solomon in his Plantation Suit

Solomon in his Plantation Suit

The case presents many remarkable features. A worthy , intelligent, and industrious citizen of this State who is “Guilty of a skin not colored like our own,” is decoyed to the capital of the nation, is there drugged, and while insensibly is dragged to a slave pen, sold, cruelly beaten, and ultimately consigned to the obscurest section of the Red River region.

Twelve years he is subjected to the severe rigors of the slave system; when by a concurrence of the most singular events, he is found out and rescued by an agent acting under commission from the Government of the state.

He returns, published a most interesting narrative of the scenes and sufferings thro’ which he had passed entitled, SOLOMON NORTHUP ; or, “TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE.” Which is read by hundreds of thousands of his fellow citizens and which enlists their warmest sympathies in his behalf.

No one, however, expects to find the guilty perpetrators of the base outrage. But they are found, and a host of the most creditable witnesses rise up, as if by magic to prove there identity and their guilt. The whole case is certainly the most remarkable upon record, and it can only be appreciated by reading the “narrative” in connection with the incidents of the arrest and detention of the kidnappers.

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Illustrations from the Orton & Mulligan edition of "Twelve years a slave. Narrative of Solomon Northup, a citizen of…

Posted by Accessible Archives on Thursday, October 24, 2013


Collection: African American Newspapers
Publication: Frederick Douglass Paper
Date: August 4, 1854
Title: The Northup Kidnappers
Location: Rochester, New York

Solomon Northup’s Narrative

You can read the book online below, or download it as a PDF. EPUB, or MOBI (Kindle users should get the MOBI edition).


Top image is Northup’s Arrival Home, and First Meeting with his Wife and Children from the illustrated edition of his book.

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