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300 Enslaved Africans sued and Won their Freedom while Still in Bondage

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Tonight ...Finally a book that will put the Dred Scott decision in it's proper context!

Over 300 Enslaved Africans, like Polly Berry and Lucy Delaney successfully sued for their Freedom while Still in Bondage prior to the infamous racist Dred Scott decision whereupon Justice Roger Taney stated "Slaves had no rights a White Man was bound to respect"  In the past, Missouri courts supported the doctrine of "once free, always free."  

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Click and Join The Gist of Freedom Tonight with Author Professor Manisha Sinha!

SLAVES WHO SUED FOR FREEDOM -- New research uncovers a little-known force for abolition: "Freedom Suits" Enslaved Africans who took the Slavers to court and WON! 

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Slavers growing weary from this trend, Enslaved Blacks Successfully Suing for freedom, Justice Taney and the Slave Institution were forced to retaliate. Subsequently, in March of 1857,  they attempted to strip ALL blacks, (free and enslaved),  from their their citizenship, the right to due process.

Prof. Sinha - “We normally don’t think of slaves as a part of the abolition movement,” -But they were, says Manisha Sinha, a professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, whose own book on the subject, “The Slave’s Cause: Abolition and the Origins of American Democracy,” Although many unable to read or write they courageously used thier shackled hand to sign their  X on  petitions for Liberation!

Black Abolitionists like, Northup wasn’t unique in trying to escape slavery through the legal system. Historians have long been aware of lawsuits, like La Amistad, brought by enslaved Africans against their owners or captors.

 

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