Dr. R. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln And Many Others I Have Not

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When learning about the topic of slavery in school you hear of names like Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglas, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln and many others I have not listed. I am not taking anything away from these brave men and women and their courageous works to end the cruelty of slavery and how they suffered but there are some who go unmentioned and their stories are left untold. Have you ever heard of a gentleman named Solomon Northup? Most people have not nor his story and experience with slavery. Solomon Northup was a free black man living in Saratoga Springs, New York. Northup had a wife and three children he loved greatly. Solomon was a very busy man, he worked long hours on a farm. Northup was an educated man who enjoyed reading books and playing his violin in his spare time. (Northup 1-10) One day two strangers approached Northup and asked if he would like to join them to perform in a town miles away. Solomon agrees to join these white men on their journey to perform. Little did Solomon know that these men were in a business where they capture free and escaped black men to make money. Beginning in 1793, congress passed the first Fugitive Slave Act which allowed local governments to return escaped slaves back to their rightful owners. (Histroy.com) This law was one of the many slave laws that brought much controversy to the nation as it was expanding westward and asking how slavery would work in the new states and if it would even be allowed.…
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