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161 years a misspelling: NY Times corrects story on ‘Slave’ subject

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By Chris Francescani

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Times on Tuesday corrected a 161-year-old story about Solomon Northup, whose memoir was the basis for the Academy Award-winning movie "12 Years a Slave."

The January 20, 1853, article, headlined "The Kidnapping Case," tells the story of Northup, a black man born free in the northern United States, who was kidnapped in Washington D.C. in 1841 and sold into slavery in Louisiana.

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