Jack White was among an all-star cast of musicians who performed in September at a concert held in conjunction with the Coen brothers’ new movie, Inside Llewyn Davis. Watch White’s folky performance of the White Stripes track “We’re Going to be Friends.”
My first attempt at home brewing. This is a pale wheat ale, but it came out too dark. I was worried I did something wrong at first, but I read that using liquid malt extract, which is malted barley and wheat, can make the beer darker than it should be, so everything turned out fine. It smells a little flat, but the taste is pretty much on point. I’m pretty satisfied with my first attempt. Next time I am going to start getting a little creative, as this time I just wanted to understand the process.
Bell’s “Java Stout” brewed with coffee. One of the better coffee based stouts I’ve ever had. Also, one of Bell’s hidden gems.
The movie “12 Years A Slave” tells the story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped. His journey into slavery can be found in our records.
In the slave manifest for the brig Orleans, Solomon Northup is gone, but Plat Hamilton is present.
A ban on federal slavery legislation was written into the Constitution in 1787. But an 1807 Act of Congress outlawed foreign importation of slaves. Slave manifests that documented each slave’s name, sex, age, and color were then required.
When slaves were forced into the haul of the Orleans on April 27, 1841, the Port of Richmond collector Thomas Nelson approved the slave manifest. When the ship docked in New Orleans on May 24, 1841, the inspector matched Solomon Northup’s description to the name Plat Hamilton. And Solomon Northup the free man of color ceased to exist.
Northup was transported on the Orleans with approximately forty other slaves to New Orleans where he was later sold to Edwin Epps, who owned a cotton plantation in the Louisiana Red River area. Northup was enslaved for the next twelve years. All rights and privileges that come with freedom, beginning with his given name, were stripped away from him.
To see more documents related to the life of Solomon Northup, go to the National Archives Education blog: http://go.usa.gov/WBjw
Image: Slave Manifest for the Brig Orleans, including Solomon Northup, listed as Plat Hamilton (#33)