Dred Scott decision

Dred Scott decision
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  • I am Dred Scott. I am a Missouri slave and am owned by an army surgeon. I currently reside in Illinios and Wisconsin where slavery is prohibited.
  • I am an army surgeon and the owner of Dred Scott. I am going to die in 1846.
  • I am going to have to sue my master's widow for freedom on the grounds because my residence in this free territory should have liberated me from slavery
  • The Supreme Court claimed that Scott had no standing to sue because he was not a citizen because blacks were considered property
  • Congress concluded that they have no authority to pass a law depriving persons of their slave property in the territories. Their decision, ultimately, proved that the Missouri Compromise was unconstitutional.
  • The Dred Scott decision did not do anything to challenge the right of an individual state to prohibit slavery within its borers, but the fact that the federal government was powerless to act on the issue was shocking to many throughout the nation.
  • As pro-slavery South, we are thrilled with the success the decision the Supreme Court made in this case favoring us.
  • This was a huge blow for the North but now abolitionists like myself have a stronger cause to fight for the end of slavery.
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