I, Dred Scott: A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life and Legal Precedent of Dred Scott

Born into slavery in Virginia in the late 1700s, Dred Scott had little to look forward to in life But he was fortunate in two ways His first owner was fairly kind to him, and he grew up with his owner s children, forming friendships that he would come to depend on years later For on April 6, 1846, Dred Scott and his wife, Harriett their ownership having changed handsBorn into slavery in Virginia in the late 1700s, Dred Scott had little to look forward to in life But he was fortunate in two ways His first owner was fairly kind to him, and he grew up with his owner s children, forming friendships that he would come to depend on years later For on April 6, 1846, Dred Scott and his wife, Harriett their ownership having changed hands several times during adulthood took the dangerous and courageous step to sue for their freedom, entering into legal battles that would last for eleven years During this time Dred Scott would need all the help and support he could get from folks in the community all the way back to the people with whom he had been raised With a foreword by Dred Scott s great grandson, Shelia P Moses stunning story chronicles Dred Scott s experiences as a slave, as a plaintiff in one of the most important legal cases in American history, and at last as a free man Dred Scott s story is one of tremendous courage and fierce determination His is a life that should be known by and should inspire all Americans.
I Dred Scott A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life and Legal Precedent of Dred Scott Born into slavery in Virginia in the late s Dred Scott had little to look forward to in life But he was fortunate in two ways His first owner was fairly kind to him and he grew up with his owner

  • Title: I, Dred Scott: A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life and Legal Precedent of Dred Scott
  • Author: Shelia P. Moses Bonnie Christensen
  • ISBN: 9780689859755
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “I, Dred Scott: A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life and Legal Precedent of Dred Scott”

    1. A heartfelt crafted story which tells of the horrors of slavery in language all ages can grasp and hear without such graphic detail the book would deserve an R rating. This fictionalized story allows readers to see into the live of slaves without giving children too harsh of a taste early on. readers can read this story and make connections between this fictionalized character and what they have learned about slavery up to this pint as well as creating a sounding board for future history lesson [...]

    2. I love being introduced to iconic figures during slavery through middle grade books because I know they won't get too graphic and I have the option of deciding whether or not I want to pick up the adult book about them and learn the horrible truth of their past. This is someone I looked forward to learning more about in the future.

    3. So, found this book in a box of discarded books that were donated to the library (yup I get some real goodies sometimes) and decided to read it before passing it on to an awesome US History teacher though sadly she just ended a unit on him but it may help her for the next year in planningAnyways this is just a short fictional narrative of about 74 pages told from the point of view of Dred, a slave born in America to parents and family he has never knownAll he does know is that he is owned by Mas [...]

    4. In the fictional slave narrative, ¨I, Dred Scott¨, Dred Scott is a slave along with his slave Harriet. Dred had a lot of masters in the begging but his last master who died was Master Emerson along with his wife Miss Irene. Emerson brought Dred and Harriet in and out of the free territory, which made them free slaves. Later, Master Emerson dies and he now has Miss Irene be the mater of the free slaves. Dred and Harriet finally find out they are free people at church one day. They go to court. [...]

    5. Quick read, packed with everything you didn't know about Dred Scott, his family, and his owners.

    6. Very short but still poignant story of Dred Scott. I heard about him in AP US History, but we just ghosted over him to get to the Civil War. Apparently he did get his freedom in the end.Seriously, why didn't his mistress let him free? She was married in the North TO an abolitionist for God's sake. Seriously.Super short, like I said; the story itself is probably less than 80 pages. But the voice used to narrate it made it seem like someone in the clouds had been writing down his thoughts as he re [...]

    7. I read this powerful little volume to all four of my children at once. It was a fantastic way to start A dialogue around racial injustice in our country.

    8. With the Dred Scott case being one of the more famous and well known cases in US supreme court history this book is sure to draw on many important theme and lessons being taught within the classroom about slavery. It is a riveting and thought provoking story revolving around Dred Scott and his journey to freedom. Definitely age appropriate and also challenging in the sense that it requires, like any good book, for the reader to put themselves in the shoes of the character. Regardless of the fact [...]

    9. I picked this up at the library to read to my children during our unit on the civil war. I had heard the name Dred Scott and I knew it had to do with a legal issue, but that was about all I knew. I thought this small book was well written, consice, and very easy for children to understand. Sometimes legal issues are very complicated and hard to explain to children. Shelia Moses did a good job making the story interesting as well as understandable. Although a children's historical fiction, I like [...]

    10. This book was on one CD and it was very interesting to listen to. Although it was a Fictional piece, it was based on the facts. All middle school and high school kids should have to listen to or read this for history class.

    11. We did a mock trial of the Dred Scott case my sophomore year of high school, so I was somewhat familiar with the details of the cases, but hearing this told from a (fictionalized) perspective added a great deal. God, this was less than two centuries ago.

    12. Excellent fictional account of Dred Scott. The book chronicles Dred Scott's experience as a slave. Very inspirational book.

    13. Read for personal research - found this book's contents helpful and inspiring.A good book for the researcher and enthusiast.

    14. This book will be great for my 5th graders in studying about slavery. Fictionalized story of Dred Scott's life but full of facts and history!

    15. The voice in this book was spectacular. It seemed like someone is recording an interview with a real person who is just telling their story. It's not the most exciting, but it works here because of the voice being so realistic.

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