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161 years later, New York Times corrects its ’12 Years a Slave’ story

04
Mar
2014

The New York Times today published corrections to a story that ran more than 150 years ago, thanks to the twin forces of Twitter and Hollywood. The article, published on January 20th, 1853, describes the story of Solomon Northup, a freed African-American who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Heres how the New York Times covered 12 Years a Slave in 1853: http://t.co/9ITvaD6U9E pic.twitter.com/u5N1lfbSm6 — New York Magazine (@NYMag) March 4, 2014 A Twitter user uncovered the old Times article following this weeks ceremony, and it quickly spread across social media, shedding light on a rather egregious error that had gone unnoticed for 161 years.

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