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Dred Scott was an African-American male born into slavery, around the 1800s. After Scott's first master died, he was later sold to an army surgeon, Dr. John Emerson.
Scott had many privileges than the regular slave such as getting married to another slave named Harriet Robinson.
When Emerson was transferred from St. Louis to Louisiana, he met and married Eliza Irene Sanford.
When Illinois entered the Union in 1818 and the state's constitution stated, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall herein by introduced into this state otherwise than for the punishment of crimes." This meant that Illinois was a free state, meaning it was optional to remain a slave.
Mrs. Emerson, here is $300, may you grant us our freedom so we can move on with our lives?
How dare you ask me such question while I'm still mourning my husband's death? "Grant you freedom." I shall and will not.
Scott fought for both him and his wife's freedom for a decade, just to lose the case in the end. Dred Scott's trial was a contribution to the Civil War due to his actions he showed in court to get justice for his freedom.
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