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Northern Black Freemen Enslaved by White Northerners

Northern Black Freemen Enslaved by White Northerners American History African American History Civil Rights Ethics Nineteenth Century Life Social Studies Slaves and Slave Owners Famous Historical Events

When two Northerners kidnapped and sold Solomon Northup they did what other Northerners had done before them. In short, it was not a "rare case" for whites to kidnap and sell free blacks into slavery.

The 1839 Anti-Slavery Alamanc reports an incident which happened in 1837, four years before Solomon's disastrous encounter with Merrill and Russell:

A Northern Freeman Enslaved by Northern Hands.

November 20, 1836, (Sunday,) Peter John Lee, a free colored man of Westchester County, New York, was kidnapped by Tobias Boudinot, E.K. Waddy, John Lyon, and Daniel D. Nash, of New York City, and hurried away from his wife and children into slavery. One went up to shake hands with him, while the others were ready to use the gag and chain. See "Emancipator," March 16, and May 4, 1837.

This is not a rare case.

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