Jim Engster speaks with Professor Walter Johnson, a leading historian, about the history of slavery in the French Quarter of New Orleans, and Dr. John La Puma discusses his latest health book "Refuel."
Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 11:09 am
Solomon Northup was born free in early-19th-century upstate New York. He lived the life of a respected and elegant musician until 1841, when he was lured South by the promise of a lucrative stint playing his fiddle in a traveling circus.
In Washington, D.C. — in the shadow of the Capitol — Northup was drugged. When he came to, he was in chains: a slave headed for the hellish world of plantation life. Only the hope of being reunited with his beloved wife and children kept him going.