A couple of good beating can keep you quite for a long time.
I'm replying late because I didn't even know Schomburg existed let alone other Blacks who felt the same as me.
It was spying on owners, overseers, and patrollers to inform on upcoming raids and helping kill the bloodhounds.
Without the active or tacit solidarity of the community—although it was not infallible, Northup himself betrayed a group of fugitives—maroons, runaways, and conspirators could not have accomplished much., the movie, does not live up to the book, but one can build on it.
Of course, what I was concerned with was not central to Northup’s personal experience and thus could not have been a major part of the film.