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VanderVelde, Lea

Works: 5 works in 25 publications in 1 language and 3,167 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Trials, litigation, etc  History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: E444.S38, 973.7115092
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Most widely held works by Lea VanderVelde
Mrs. Dred Scott : a life on slavery's frontier by Lea VanderVelde( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Redemption songs : suing for freedom before Dred Scott by Lea VanderVelde( Book )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Dred Scott case is the most notorious example of slaves suing for freedom. Most examinations of the case focus on its notorious verdict, and the repercussions that the decision set off-especially the worsening of the sectional crisis that would eventually lead to the Civil War-were extreme. In conventional assessment, a slave losing a lawsuit against his master seems unremarkable. But in fact, that case was just one of many freedom suits brought by slaves in the antebellum period; an example of slaves working within the confines of the U.S. legal system (and defying their masters in the process) in an attempt to win the ultimate prize: their freedom. And until Dred Scott, the St. Louis courts adhered to the rule of law to serve justice by recognizing the legal rights of the least well-off. For over a decade, legal scholar Lea VanderVelde has been building and examining a collection of more than 300 newly discovered freedom suits in St. Louis. In Redemption Songs, VanderVelde describes twelve of these never-before analyzed cases in close detail. Through these remarkable accounts, she takes readers beyond the narrative of the Dred Scott case to weave a diverse tapestry of freedom suits and slave lives on the frontier. By grounding this research in St. Louis, a city defined by the Antebellum frontier, VanderVelde reveals the unique circumstances surrounding the institution of slavery in westward expansion. Her investigation shows the enormous degree of variation among the individual litigants in the lives that lead to their decision to file suit for freedom. Although Dred Scott's loss is the most widely remembered, over 100 of the 300 St. Louis cases that went to court resulted in the plaintiff's emancipation. Beyond the successful outcomes, the very existence of these freedom suits helped to reshape the parameters of American slavery in the nation's expansion. Thanks to VanderVelde's thorough and original research, we can hear for the first time the v
A survey of lakeshore parceling and developing in northern Wisconsin : working paper by Lea VanderVelde( Book )

1 edition published in 1976 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mrs. Dred Scott by Lea VanderVelde( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Substituting Inclusion for Equal Treatment : a Comparison of Means to achieve Just Outcomes in Antidiscrimination Efforts : a Response to Profesor Hugh Colins by Lea VanderVelde( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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