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Solomon Northup was born in New York in July of 1808 Solomons father was a slave until his master granted him his freedom in his will On Christmas day 1829 Solomon married Anne Hampton He and his wife made a life for themselves at the Eagle Tavern by cooking fiddling and farming During the day he worked at a hotel and by night he was a violinist In March 1834 they moved to Saratoga Springs During there time in Saratoga Anne gave birth to three children- Elizabeth Margaret and Alonzo Although Solomon was free because of his father he would not remain free One night he woke up and realized that he was in Williams Slave Pen The proof of ownership on Solomon was fake When Solomon asked why he was there they told him because he was a runaway slave from Georgia He pleaded with them that he was a free man with a family in Saratoga but they did not believe him and began to beat his naked body Solomon was sold to a slave owner in Louisiana named Edwin Epps His name now became Platt He spent the next 12 years of his live as a slave on a cotton plantation Life on the cotton plantation was hard and strenuous The slaves were required to work from dusk to dawn with the exception of ten to fifteen minutes allowed to eat While on the plantation Solomon fell ill with chills a burning fever and dizziness Despite his sickness he was still forced to work At times he would fall over and the driver would impart lashes on him He was not used to picking cotton and when his master saw his inadequate work demanded that he be removed from the cotton field Solomon began his work in cutting and hauling wood and any other services that his master required Solomon Northup knew how to play the fiddle so he
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