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

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
Print Book, English, 2010
Oxford University Press, New York, 2010
viii, 480 pages, 6 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 25 cm
9780199754083, 019975408X
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