"Stolen Into Slavery The True Story Of Solomon Northup" By Judith Dennis Fradin November/December 2016 AR Biography Activity

"There, while they awaited a favorable wind to continue their journey, Solomon decided that the time had come to make a bold strike for freedom."(p. 25)

Based upon the context clues, the word "favorable" means something that is approved of.

"Before they parted, Solomon asked Manning to meet him in a front section of the ship called the forecastle at a certain time the following night, and to bring pen, ink, and paper with him."(p. 27)

Based upon the context clues, the word "Forecastle" means the front section of a ship.

"White Southerners feared that educated slaves might pass notes to each other and plan a big rebellion."

Based upon the context clues, the word "rebellion" means to plan against someone of power or in authority.

" Solomon who was 32 years old, wasn't accustomed to being called boy, which was a demeaning way of addressing male slaves regardless of age."

Based upon the context clues, the word "regardless" means despite everything else.

"Outsiders who expressed such unorthodox views risked being run out of Louisiana, but Samuel Bass was forgiven because it was thought that he just liked to stir up a good argument." (p. 72)

Based upon the context clues, the word "unorthodox" means unusual or different to what is common.

"When the visitor introduced himself as Henry B. Northup from New York, Bass could hardly contain his joy, for that name had been mentioned to him as an acquaintance of Solomon's." (p. 94)

Based upon the context clues the word "acquaintance" means to be known but not as a close friend.

"Henry hoped to determine whether freeman should be prosecuted for knowingly selling a free black man." (p. 98)

Based upon the context clues thee word "prosecuted" means to put legal proceedings against someone."

"Now out of the blue came the news: Solomon was alive and enslaved somewhere along Bayou Boeuf in the vicinity of Marksville, Louisiana. Although that encompassed a large area with thousands of slaves, it was a start toward finding him." (p. 89)

Based upon the context clues the word "encompassed"means to surround or encircle.

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