Today, Accessible Archives announced the inclusion of Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup into its collection of online primary sources from American history.
Their announcement says, “Fugitive slave laws allowed African Americans who could not prove their free status to be taken into slavery. Solomon Northup’s story brought this issue to a wider audience when it was released as a book in 1853, and is the basis for the Oscar Award nominated film. The book contains the original illustrations and the appendix of sworn statements that helped free Mr. Northup.”
Accessible Archives also includes fully digitized abolitionist sources such as The Liberator (published from 1831-1865), The Lily (a women’s newspaper also focused on temperance and published from 1849-1856), and The National Anti-Slavery Standard (1840-1870), as well as a number of early African-American newspapers, including Frederick Douglass’ Paper (1851-1863). In these sources, you can find a number of contemporary accounts of Northrup’s kidnapping and rescue.