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Solomon Northup

Solomon Northup (1808-1863) was a farmer, professional musician, American abolitionist, and author of the memoir, Twelve Years a Slave . Born in New York, Northup was raised a free man. A married landowner with three children, he worked as a carpenter and violinist when he was conned into accepting a job as a musician with a traveling circus. Drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery, Northup finally regained his freedom twelve years later with the help of the governor of New York. After the...See more