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    Slavery and the Freedom Trials

    Lea VanderVelde talked about slaves who used the law as a pathway to freedom prior to the Civil War. She spoke about how slaves contributed to building frontier communities and discussed…

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    Dred Scott and the Supreme Court

    Lea VanderVelde talked about the Dred Scott v. Sanford Supreme Court case of 1857, the repercussions of the decision, and why its location in Missouri was very important. Dred Scott, who was a slave, attempted to sue his…