Celia, a Slave


Melton McLaurin

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Dred Scott Character Analysis

Missouri slave whose escape, capture, and trial became infamous in American history. Scott’s attorneys argued, first before the Missouri courts and later before the Supreme Court of the United States, that Scott had become a free man by virtue of fleeing to a free state. In 1857, however, the Supreme Court ruled that Scott was still the legal property of his owner—a decision often considered one of the worst in the Court’s history.
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Dred Scott Character Timeline in Celia, a Slave

The timeline below shows where the character Dred Scott appears in Celia, a Slave. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: The Verdict
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...of Missouri slave law—far more radical, even, than the one advanced by the attorneys for Dred Scott in 1852 before the Missouri Supreme Court. Dred Scott is a runaway Missouri slave who... (full context)
Chapter 7: Final Disposition
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...The three justices, William Scott, John F. Ryland, and Abiel Leonard, have all ruled against Dred Scott in 1852, suggesting that they’ll most likely affirm the decision from Celia’s trial. (full context)