Friday, August 21, 2009

Valor Publishing Debut - Am I Not A Man: The Dred Scott Story by Mark Shurtleff

Valor Publishing is pleased to announce that pre-orders for Utah State Attorney General Mark Shurtleff’s novel, Am I Not A Man: The Dred Scott Story are now available on the Valor website. By placing your order between now and Labor Day, you will receive a discounted price and your copy will be signed and numbered by the author.

An illiterate slave, Dred Scott trusted in an all-white, slave-owning jury to declare him free. But after briefly experiencing the glory of freedom and manhood, a new state Supreme Court ordered the cold steel of the shackles to be closed again around his wrists and ankles. Falling to his knees, Dred cried, "Ain't I a man?" Dred answered his own question by rising and taking his fight to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dred ultimately lost his epic battle when the Chief Justice declared that a black man was so inferior that he had "no rights a white man was bound to respect."

Dred died not knowing that his undying courage led directly to the election of President Abraham Lincoln and the emancipation proclamation.

Dred Scott's inspiring and compelling true story of adventure, courage, love, hatred, and friendship parallels the history of this nation from the long night of slavery to the narrow crack in the door that would ultimately lead to freedom and equality for all men.

You can read the first two chapters at the Valor's website.

You can order your sale-priced, signed and numbered limited edition copy of Am I Not a Man by visiting before Labor Day. There are only 5,000 copies of this special edition being printed. Once they’re gone, they’re gone ... and the sale price ends on Labor Day. You can request that Mark personalize your inscription, and your book will be mailed to you before the stores even get their copies. For more information, visit

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