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Author VanderVelde, Lea.

Title Mrs. Dred Scott : a life on slavery's frontier / Lea VanderVelde
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 480 pages, 6 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, map, portraits
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
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 443-466) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Scott, Dred, 1809-1858 -- Family.
Scott, Dred, 1809-1858 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Scott, Harriet, approximately 1820-1876.
Slaves -- United States -- Biography.
Women slaves -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Trials, litigation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0195366565 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0199710643 (electronic bk.)
9780195366563 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780199710645 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Misses Dred Scott