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Published: 30 April 2009

496 Pages | 59 black and white halftone ilustrations


ISBN: 9780195366563

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Mrs. Dred Scott

A Life on Slavery's Frontier

Lea Vandervelde

  • An extraordinary biography of Harriet Scott, wife of Dred Scott, and the story of the family's fight for freedom
  • As it is the first serious consideration of all of the litigants involved in the Dred Scott Trial, this book sheds new and provocative light on the forces leading up to and driving the infamous Supreme Court case
  • Parses a wealth of original historical records to provide not just the story of Harriet Scott, but also a sweeping and intimate look at antebellum life—providing a new model for investigating and writing social history
  • Compelling study of women's daily life and work, both on the frontier and in the city and of slaves and slave-holding classes, that reveals the ways in which women exercised power and influence in public life