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I, Dred Scott

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

Illustrated by Bonnie Christensen
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This nonfiction middle grade book chronicles the inspiring life of a black man born into slavery who never gave up fighting for freedom.

Born into slavery in Virginia in the late 1700s, Dred Scott had little to look forward to in life. But on April 6, 1846, Dred Scott and his wife, Harriett, 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’s stunning story chronicles Dred Scott’s experiences as an enslaved person, as a plaintiff in one of the most important legal cases in American history, and as a free man. Dred Scott’s story is one of tremendous courage and fierce determination.

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Poet, author, playwright, and producer Shelia P. Moses was raised the ninth of ten children on Rehobeth Road in Rich Square, North Carolina. She is the coauthor of Dick Gregory’s memoir, Callus on My Soul, as well as the award-winning author of several books for young readers: The Legend of Buddy Bush; The Return of Buddy BushI, Dred Scott: A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life and Legal Precedent of Dred Scott; and The Baptism. Shelia lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults Nominee
  • Kansas NEA Reading Circle List Junior Title
  • NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Georgia Writers Association Author of the Year Award

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