Were slaves human beings that had legal rights or were they only pieces of property? If they were taken into a state that banned slavery were they then set free? These questions all arose in the 1850s and remain unanswered lets further investigate!
The Dred Scott Case
Division in the Country
In the 1850s there was division in the country between the Northern and Southern states. Most Northerners were abolitionist believing that slavery should be banned. In the South, though it was a different story, they believed that they had the right to own slaves and believed that the abolitinis were nothing but trouble makers.