More than 300 slaves sued for their freedom in the St. Louis courts before Dred Scott was decided. In “Redemption Songs,” I’ve selected 12 stories of families who worked their way to freedom by suing their masters. Slaves could base their claims on their experience living on free lands, often in the course of their masters’ westward migration
The stories are diverse. Each shows how different the fight for freedom could be when slaves turned to the courts.