Exceptional story of a free man resold into slavery for 12 years. Usually abolitionist write stories about slaves, but solomon northrup wrote his own bibliography. Political economy of slavery, from masters to slave. The relationship between the north and the south. The person who overseas work in the field is a black man. Not just an economic system, it devalued human life and we can"t take that lightly. They weren"t legal persons so they could not get into legal contracts. By 1830 the north abolished slavery, and in 1865 the south abolished slavery after the. Work and the enslaved family work and regional agriculture depended on seasonal work patterns for family life. Child rearing would be difficult because parents had to work many hours. Affected whether slaves could have a nuclear family function. Abroad marriages - fathers live at a distance and would have to walk on weekends to meet their children. African american women couldn"t depend on their husbands.