Dred & Harriett Scott – Author Talk & Book Signing – 10/1/2011

Dred Scott - Author SigningBorn enslaved in Virginia.
Denied the right to purchase freedom.
A pivotal case in American History.
An intimate family portrait.

The Roanoke Library of Virginia and the Harrison Museum of African American Culture are collaborating with others to co-sponsor on October 1, 2011, the Dred and Harriett Scott Book: A Case Study in Finding Missing Links author’s signing by Library of Congress Featured Author, Ruth Ann Hager.

In 1846, after his slave owner refused his request to purchase freedom for himself and family, Dred Scott filed suit in St. Louis for their freedom based on years of living in free territories. Heard by the U. S. Supreme Court, the Dred Scott decision denied freedom to the Scotts and stated that no person of African descent could be a U. S. citizen.

But who were the Scotts? What was their story? Meticulously researched and documented, this is both the very personal story of the Scott family and of an event of tremendous national significance. Whether you are a student of slavery, antebellum history, or your own family, Ms. Hager offers a guide to finding answers and making connections.

INFORMATION
Author Talk & Book Signing with Ruth Ann Hager
Saturday October 1, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Patrick Henry Ballroom, 611 S. Jefferson St. Roanoke, VA
www.roanokeva.gov/virginiaroom
540.853.2073 varoom@roanokeva.gov

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