Well, there's a law called the MIssouri Compromise which says that it illegal to own slaves west of the Mississippi and north of the sourthern border of Missouri.
...Our Master Emerson took us from New Orleans to Fort Snelling in the Wisconsin Territory.
At Irene Emerson's house
Yes. We should sue Miss Irene for our freedom.
Dred! You won't believe what some lady at church told me! She said that there's a law called the MIssouri Compromise that says that its illegal to won slaves west of the Mississippi and north of the sourthern border of MIssouri! We're free!
Back at the church
I sure do. I know a lawyer named Francis Murdoch who would love to help you with your case.
Pastor Anderson, do you know any lawyers that could help Harriet and I with our case?
At the St. Louis courthouse
The court has decided that the plaintiff is not a free man because he is unable to prove that he is owned by the defendant.
Ms. Sanford has appealed the case to the Missouri Supreme Court in Jefferson City.
We may be able to sue again in Missouri Circuit Court.
At the Lawyer Murdoch's law firm
At the Missouri Circuit Courthouse in St. Louis
The jury has voted unanimously to give the plaintiff his freedom.
Yes! My family is finally free!
Later at the Lawyer Murdoch's law firm
At the Missouri Supreme Courthouse in Jefferson City
The court has decided that the plaintiff is not a free man.
At Lawyer Murdoch's Office
Ms. Sanford has handed ownership of you to her brother, John Sanford of New York. Because he lives in a different state, the only step we can take now is to appeal the case to Supreme Court in Washington, DC.
At the Federal Supreme Court in Washington DC
The court has decided in a 7-2 decision that the plaintiff cannot be a free man because the Missouri Compromise is unconstitutional and black people were never intended to be citizens under the Constitution.
I'm sorry, but there is no other court you can go to.