1. Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave employed the use of a white editor or “ghost writer,” David Wilson. From reading other African American narratives in this class and throughout your education, how do you think this use of a white editor impacted the message that Northup was trying to convey? Why did Northup decide to use a white editor when he was educated enough to write the story himself? How is a text affected when trying to represent the motives of two “authors”?
2. Solomon Northup was a free black man for 30 years before being enslaved for twelve unlike Austin Reed who was incarcerated since his childhood. How does this change a slave narrative? Is there a different perspective of slavery to be perceived from someone who has experienced freedom? He was educated before he was captured, so how does his education and knowledge benefit him throughout the text?