Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Am I Not A Man? The Dred Scott Story by Mark L. Shurtleff

I loved this book! It is a historical fiction. I thought it was well presented and researched. The whole story of Dred (Sam) Scout (Blow) and his childhood all the way to the day he died. PLUS the best part was the interwoven facts of the key players in the abolitionist movement and what led to the civil war! Lincoln, the lawyers and judges and senators all played key parts in the case Dred vs. Stanford. What made them decide for or against slavery? What in their own lives influenced their choices when they had power to change a nation? It is all in this book!

Dred Scott lost his case but because of his endurance through the long legal system he opened the eyes of many to the horrors of slavery and the unjust treatment of human beings. The color of your skin does not decide if you are a citizen of the United States! All men are created equal and Dred Scott is a man, not a horse or a dog but a man created in the image of God just like you and me. He died a free man after his former owners bought his freedom. It was sad to see the justice system at the time of this case completely fall apart when it came to fairness, not only with blacks but also religious groups like the Mormons. It was great to see great men prepared from birth step forth and lead the US to greater heights. It took years and years but it had to start somewhere to chip away the oppression and greed of the Southern plantation owners. I am glad that Dred Scott was brave and didn't give up nor did his friends.

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