IMAGINE living in a world where every facet of your existence is beyond your control.
IMAGINE living in a world where your God-given physical traits are resented and reviled.
IMAGINE living in a world where your humanity is subject to judicial and legal debate.
IMAGINE living in a world where the government of the people, by the people, and for the people is explicit and implicit in denying you the most basic of human rights – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
For James R. Scott, this isn’t imagination, but a horrifically callous reality. Despite the stacked odds against him, despite the laws that were not on his side, despite the incredible obstacles he faced, this African American survived and thrived during his journey through 19th century America.