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Robert Morgan, Kappa Alpha Professor of English at Cornell, talked about his 2016 novel, Chasing the North Star, July 26, 2017 as part of the free summer events series sponsored by the Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions.

Inspired by the true story of a runaway slave who was taken in by Morgan's family, Chasing the North Star tells a tale of two teenage slaves who escape from plantations in the Carolinas, link up by accident, and make their way through many dangers and narrow escapes all the way to Ithaca, New York, in 1851. Told from alternating points of view, it is a story of both the horrors of slavery and the resilience of the human spirit.