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The life and facts of Dred Scott

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  • In 1795, Sam Scott was born to slave parents in Virginia. His brother died and Sam took his name, Dred.
  • Peter Blow was his owner, and moved with his family and slaves to Alabama, and later, Missouri.
  • Dred married Harriet Robinson in 1836. She was then owned by Dr. John Emerson, along with Dred. They had 2 children.
  • By 1846, they had moved to Illinois and the Wisconsin Territories, where there was no slavery. When his owner died, Dred tried to buy his family's freedom.
  • Dred Scott began a legal battle to become free because they had lived in free states. This battle went to the Supreme Court in 1857.
  • Dred Scott died after 1 year of freedom, but the Constitution of the United States was changed with the 13th and 14th Amendments to free all slaves.
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