Dred and Harriet Scott: A Family's Struggle for Freedom

Dred and Harriet Scott: A Family's Struggle for Freedom

by Gwenyth Swain
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0873514831

ISBN-13: 2900873514834

Pub. Date: 01/13/2004

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press

Dred and Harriet Scott had only ever known a life of slavery -- a life where you went where your master told you and did what your master said. But they wanted more for their young daughters, Eliza and Lizzie. More than anything, they wanted their daughters to be free. In 1846, Dred and Harriet filed their first "freedom suit," a court case arguing that they -- and

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Dred and Harriet Scott had only ever known a life of slavery -- a life where you went where your master told you and did what your master said. But they wanted more for their young daughters, Eliza and Lizzie. More than anything, they wanted their daughters to be free. In 1846, Dred and Harriet filed their first "freedom suit," a court case arguing that they -- and their young daughters -- should by rights be free. They fought for their freedom, at great cost to themselves, during eleven long years of court battles. The final decision in their case, known as the Dred Scott Decision, did not bring them the freedom they craved. Instead, it brought northern and southern states one step closer to war -- the great Civil War that would divide the nation from 1861 to 1865. How did one family's dream of freedom become a cause of the Civil War? And how did that family finally leave behind the bonds of slavery? In Dred and Harriet Scott: A Family's Struggle for Freedom, author Gwenyth Swain looks at the Dred Scott Decision in a new and remarkably personal way. By following the story of the Scotts and their children, Swain crafts a unique biography of the people behind the famous court case. In the process, she makes the family's journey through the court system and the ultimate decision of the Supreme Court understandable for readers of all ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900873514834
Publisher:
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date:
01/13/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
102

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction3
Chapter 1Dred and the Blow Boys5
Chapter 2Big Changes18
Chapter 3Meeting Harriet25
Map: Dred and Harriet Scott's Travels40
Chapter 4Young and Likely41
Chapter 5Freedom Lost and Found and Lost Again51
Chapter 6The Dred Scott Decision65
Chapter 7Free at Last79
Glossary87
Chronology89
Notes91
Bibliography95
Index101
Picture Credits103

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