Harriet Beecher Stowe (essay date 1853)
SOURCE: “Kidnapping,” in A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin; Presenting the Original Facts and Documents upon which the Story is Founded. Together with Corroborative Statements Verifying the Truth of the Work, Kennikat Press, Inc., 1968, pp. 173-74.
[In the following excerpt from the companion book, originally published in 1853, to Uncle Tom's Cabin, Stowe presents an abridged account of Northup's kidnapping, slavery, and liberation as was reported by the New York Times in order to support her fictionalized account of slavery.]
The principle which declares that one human being may lawfully hold another as property leads...
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