Finding Solomon Northup in Chronicling America

Thanks to the Academy Award-winning film 12 Years a Slave, the story of Solomon Northup, a free African American who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the mid-1800′s, has been receiving lots of attention lately. But is this the first time Northup’s tale has made headlines? It doesn’t appear so!

Our colleagues at the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project recently wrote a blog about finding Solomon Northup and his story in the historical newspapers made available through Chronicling America: “Vermont papers printed articles about Northup’s rescue and also covered the subsequent arrests and trials of his kidnappers and the man who sold him into slavery.” Check out their post, “Vermont Papers Tell the Story of Solomon Northup,” to learn more.

Vermont watchman and State journal (Montpelier, Vt.), February 10, 1853

The folks from EDSITEment at the National Endowment for the Humanities have also written about using Chronicling America to locate stories about Northup’s life and his memoir, which was first published in 1853. Read their post to see what they found in the newspapers and some of the useful searching tips they used.

What can you find about Solomon Northup in the newspapers? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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