The refusal to grant freedom to a slave owned by a person who had lived and worked for eight years with the Indian tribes near present-day Bismarck likely hastened the start of the American Civil War. One of John F.A. Sanford’s slaves was Dred Scott, an African-American who spent six years living in states and territories where slavery was prohibited. Scott petitioned his owners for his freedom and even offered to pay for his emancipation, but his offer was refused. Scott then sued for his freedom, and the case eventually ended up in the U.S.
North Dakota’s most dominant junior legion baseball team of the early 1930s was Cooperstown, and a key player on that team later became a highly decorated pilot during World War II. Cooperstown won state championships in 1931 and 1932, and the ace pitcher on that staff was Floyd Stromme, who later played with the Cleveland Indians.
Sakakawea is the most memorialized woman in American history. Yet, we know very little about her after her 18th birthday. In fact, the year of her reported death varies by more than 70 years. The most attributed date placed her death in 1812, but there are many who steadfastly state that she lived to the ripe old age of 100, dying in 1884. Last week we left off with Sakakawea reuniting with her Shoshone friends.
To me, the best-known woman enshrouded in the greatest amount of mystery in American history has to be Sakakawea. For the past 200 years, the majority of Americans have been aware that she was a Native American woman who accompanied Lewis and Clark on much of their exploratory expedition between 1805 and 1806. There are only a few things about her with which most historians agree.