Dred Scott Objective Summary 11/13/17

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  • Dred Scott (on the right) was a slave that was owned by Dr. Emerson (on the left).
  • Brad Yac-Diaz 8-7 #13 ELA / Reading Mrs. Sutton 11/14/17
  • Since Dr. Emerson did bring Dred Scott around with him because of his work as a doctor, Dred Scott was able to meet his wife and have 2 daughters.
  • After Dr. Emerson died, his wife Mrs. Emerson (on the right), became the owner of Dred Scott, and since Scott had been living in a free territory for years, he tried to negotiate his freedom from Mrs. Emerson, which did not work as he had planned.
  • Dred Scott decided to bring the situation to a lower court and sue Mrs. Emerson to gain his freedom, in which he did win against the widow. They soon after went to the Missouri Supreme Court, which Mrs. Emerson had won the case.
  • Dred Scott's lawyers then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to make the final ruling of the case, in which Dred Scott had lost. The reasoning behind the ruling was that blacks in the United States were not citizens, so Dred Scott had no right to sue, and also the Missouri Compromise was deemed unconstitutional.
  •  After the case, Dred Scott had belonged to Mrs. Emerson, who then sold him and his wife to the Blow family and they did let them be free. Dred Scott had spent 10 years trying to gain his freedom in court and because of the ruling, there had been a large amount of outrage in the United States. This outrage was a large cause for the Civil War to begin.
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