The Golden State’s “Dred Scott” Legal Case

By Mary Beth Barber

Mary Beth Barber works for the California State Library as a special projects coordinator and is a frequent contributor to the Bulletin.

This article summarizes the research conducted by the late Rudolph M. Lapp, particularly for the publication of his book Archy Lee: A California Fugitive Slave Case. The book was originally published in 1969 by the Book Club of California in an edition of 500 copies. The book was illustrated by Mallette Dean, and the book was reprinted in 2008 by Heyday in