Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Today’s podcast feature from the new audiobook 28 DAYS is performed in two voices. January LaVoy and Jonathan Earl Peck introduce listeners to the infamous Dred Scott Decision, handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1856, and to the pre-Civil War man whose name appears in the case. Dred Scott's story is available to us because of its legal record. However, his situation was far from unique, and the Court's decision, of course, shaped arguments and hardened feelings between the North and South that led to war.
During the years he lived in the North, and was making the legal case for his freedom, Dred Scott and his wife harriet Scott lived in Minnesota. The photo at the head of this post is a recreation, at Fort Snelling, MN, of their home during this period.
For an introduction for children to the man who was brave enough to take his case for freedom to the nation's highest court, we suggest I, DRED SCOTT, by Sheila Moses and narrated by Peter Jay Fernandez.
For more audiobooks based in this period of Black history, you might also want to check out:
THE AMISTAD REBELLION: AN ATLANTIC ODYSSEY OF SLAVERY AND FREEDOM, by Marcus Rediker and narrated by Peter Jay Fernandez
KINDRED, written by Octavia Butler and read by Kim Staunton
WILLIAM’S LEAP FOR FREEDOM, by William Wells Brown, and read by Dion Graham, Mirron E. Willis, and Barbara Rosenblat
Meet narrator Peter Jay Fernandez and hear his thoughts about Dred Scott and giving voice to this era.