12 Years a Slave: It's All Wrong

Bass speaks out against slavery to Edwin Epps, a slave owner. Bass tells Epps that he should be more concerned about the condition of his slaves and that they are human beings just like any white men.

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  1. What is bothering Samuel Bass?
  2. How does Edwin Epps react? How does he justify his stance?
  3. Why do you think Bass calls slavery an illness?

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  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    explain reasons for the development of the plantation system, the transatlantic slave trade, and the...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    describe the historical development of the abolitionist movement
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    analyze the impact of slavery on different sections of the United States
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    explain the causes of the Civil War, including sectionalism, states' rights, and slavery, and signif...

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