Were free blacks from the north actually kidnapped and sold to slave states?

I was discussing this with someone, and he said that free blacks in northern states were frequently kidnapped, sent to slavery states, given the identities of dead or missing slaves, and ultimately forced into a life of slavery. He also said in many other cases, a slave would work decades and be freed--only to be kidnapped by someone else and resold into slavery again.

I've never heard anything about that--can anyone corraborate that? That actually sounds chilling. Was there any form of legal protection these people in the north had to prevent this?

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  • 8 months ago
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    It happened. There were people that actually made a living doing just that. There was a movie made in 2013 based on the true story of a Black man named  Solomon Northup that it happened to. The movie is called 12 Years A Slave.

  • 4 months ago

    Watch the movie “12 Years a Slave” based on a true story. 

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  • 8 months ago

    The movie "Twelve Years a Slave" is based on real events. Yes, it it true, especially for recently freed slaves. Southern slavery and slavers were vicious.

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Yes it did happen.  The most famous example is Solomon Northup, a musician from New York who unwisely took a gig in Washington DC and was kidnapped and sold into slavery by the men who had hired him.  His story was made into a movie called "Twelve Years a Slave" several years ago.  The reality is that laws could make freedom precarious for African Americans, even in the North.

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  • 8 months ago

    Yes ... And that's why many persons who "owned" slaves but were against slavery refused to "emancipate" them for fear that they would would be "resold" into slavery prefering to keep them safe as "friends" rather than "give them their freedom"; ... a noted example being Ulysses S. Grant.

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    It did happen. But not "frequently". It was extremely unusual and occurred only very rarely.

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