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Why Did Slave Owners Change the Names of Slaves?

When Solomon Northup was sold into slavery, he was called “Platt,” not Solomon Northup. He had a “slave” first name and no last name (unless he was given the last name of his “owner”).

Why did slavers and/or slave-owners change the names of enslaved persons under their control?  

How do you think Solomon Northup reacted to his slave-name "Platt?"


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