12 Years a Slave


Solomon Northup

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Lew Cheney Character Analysis

Lew Cheney is the slave from a neighboring plantation who organizes a rebellion only to betray every person involved in the movement. He is rewarded for turning in the group, while all the other slaves involved (including many innocent slaves) are hanged. According to Solomon, Cheney is still despised by all slaves in Louisiana.
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Lew Cheney Character Timeline in 12 Years a Slave

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Chapter 17
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...in the Bayou Boeuf area planned a rebellion under the leadership of a slave named Lew Cheney . When Cheney realized that the rebellion was going to fail, he made himself look... (full context)