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Teaching Excerpt: Twelve Years a Slave Chapter 12 No Rest

Excerpt: Twelve Years a Slave Chapter 12 No Rest

Solomon Northrup was a free black who was kidnapped in New York and sold into slavery for twelve years. He was finally returned to freedom through the efforts of New York's governor. In the following selection he describes how cotton was raised on his Louisiana plantation.

Solomon Northrup
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What emotions did an enslaved person feel during a typical day?
RL.2 - Main Ideas, RL.3 - Characters & Plot, RL.4 - Key Terms & Tone


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