NYT Corrects 1853 Piece After 12 Years Win
Story misspelled Solomon Northup's name
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 4, 2014 11:30 AM CST
This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Chiwetel Ejiofor, second right, in a scene from "12 Years A Slave."   (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Francois Duhamel)

(Newser) – The New York Times followed the Best Picture win for 12 Years a Slave by tweeting a link to an 1853 article on Solomon Northup, the film's historical subject. The original article's lead describes what is to follow as "a more complete and authentic record than has yet appeared" on Northup's kidnapping. Authentic, perhaps, but erroneous: It spelled Northup's name wrong in two different ways. A Twitter user caught the errors, and now the Times has corrected them—just 161 years late, Poynter reports. The article spelled Northup's last name as "Northrop," while the headline spelled it "Northrup."

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Tedi Wheeler
Mar 8, 2014 10:18 PM CST
These are the types of stories that need to be told. Because this is American History. There are those of us who want to stick their heads in the sand, but at the end of the day, Black people had to literally "rise from the ashes" to make it in America. No other race had to endure this. Immigration and Slavery, two entirely different things, like night and day.
Truthbetold
Mar 8, 2014 11:39 AM CST
Who cares.
mutbeyou
Mar 5, 2014 3:18 PM CST
Errors? That hasn't stopped the New York Times before.