Dred Scott Case

Dred Scott Case

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  • Illinois is a free state...
  • We're leaving for Illinois!
  • Dred Scott and his family were moved from Missouri to Illinois to the Wisconsin Territory and back to Missouri. 
  • Then I'll sue you!
  • I want to buy my freedom!
  • I don't think I can do that...
  • He lost at state court.
  • And again at the circuit court.
  • The Supreme Court reviewed his case and ruled that because of the fifth amendment, that talks about due process, the government cannot take a slave away from their master. They also decided that blacks are not citizens under the Constitution so Scott could not sue his owner.
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