An illiterate slave, Dred Scott, as humble a litigant as could be imagined, managed to get the case to the Supreme Court. Little is known of Scott’s origin, other than he was born in Virginia on the farm of the Peter Blow family, which later moved to St. Louis and became prominent. In St. Louis, Scott was sold by the Blow family to a . Army doctor named John Emerson. Dr. Emerson was eventually ordered to a fort in Illinois, a free state, and then to Fort Snelling in what is now Minnesota but was then a territory where slavery was banned under the Missouri Compromise of 1820.
Back in high school Maria had experimented a bit with a couple of her girlfriends before discovering that men had so much more to offer. But then after Danny’s father had run off and she’d found that single mothers were only slightly more in demand from men in their early-twenties than gonorrhea, she’d occasionally blown off some steam with women. In fact, Maria had even had a semi-serious girlfriend for a while until Danny was about old enough to start asking whether “Aunt” Gina was staying over again and she realized the lampshading wasn’t going to work much longer.