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Mrs. Dred Scott : a life on slavery's frontier

Author: Lea VanderVelde
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In telling the life of Harriet, Dred's wife and co-litigant in the case, this book provides a compensatory history to the generations of work that missed key sources only recently brought to light. Moreover, it gives insight into the reasons and ways that slaves used the courts to establish their freedom. --from publisher description.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Harriet Scott; Dred Scott; Dred Scott; Dred Scott; Harriet Scott; Dred Scott; Dred Scott, Sklave.
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lea VanderVelde
ISBN: 9780195366563 0195366565 9780199754083 019975408X
OCLC Number: 221155247
Description: viii, 480 pages, [6] pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: Wife of a celebrity --
1835 : arriving on the frontier --
Settling in --
Entertaining guests at the Indian Agency --
Late summer harvest --
Wintering over at St. Peter's Agency --
Winters deep --
1836 : spring and the change of the guard --
Celestial explorers --
Call of the wood as a prelude to treaty --
1837 : treaty made before her eyes --
Marriage : together alone --
Traveling the length of the river --
New baby in a new land --
Deteriorating community --
Battles and baptisms --
Taliaferro's last stand --
Leaving Minnesota and its new tribunals --
While the doctor was away : St. Louis, 1840-43 --
House of Chouteau --
Black social life of St. Louis --
Doctor returns --
1843 Interlude : Jefferson barracks between wars of national expansion --
Dred with the army of observation and Harriet with the children in St. Louis --
Courthouse and the jail --
Other matters at the courthouse --
Filing suit again --
1849 : trial by pestilence, trial by fire --
Declared free --
Missouri changes its course --
Before the high court --
Aftermath and epilogue.
Other Titles: Mistress Dred Scott
Responsibility: Lea VanderVelde.
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In a remarkable act of historical recovery, VanderVelde resurrects the life of Harriet Scott. Martha A. Sandweiss, The Washington Post

 
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