The court reviewed and decided the complex case involved an enslaved man named Dred Scott Scotts case reached the U.S Supreme court overturned this ruling. The court had to rule on whether Scott was a citizen. Only the citizens had the right to sue and only them. Dred Scott was born in Virginia as a slave but then later he moved with his Slaveholder to the free state of Illinois and then to the Wisconsin Territory
Why did the court rule that African Americans weren't citizens of the United States?
Your not even a citizen!!!!
You can't sue if your not a citizen!!!!
Emerson had been taken Scott on tours of duty in Illinois and Wisconsin Territory.
That doesn't mean I can't have rights.
Scott Sued for his freedom in the Missouri State Courts
In this scene, you can see that Roger B. Taney is stating that we should have respect for other people no matter if they are white or black. Dred Scott did not have the right to file a suit in federal court.
listen up here citizens just because Mr.Scott is black that does not mean that he doesn't have rights
" had no rights which a white man was bound to respect"
please, I wanna feel free and be a free slave.
In the court, they weren't allowed to sue because some of the people there were not citizens and you can't sue if your not a citizen.
I'm trying my best to help you but if I can't I apoligize so much.
NOOOOOO THAT ISN"T FAIRRR!!!!
I declare that the Missouri Compromise restriction on slavery north of 36'30 to be unconstitutional
Roger B. Taney was coming up with some ideas and stuff to defend Dred Scott because everyone was being unfair to him. The Dred Scott Case was seen as a setback to abolitionists ideas against slavery.
Roger B. Taney pointed out the 5th Amendment stating that no one could "be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law." Slaves were considered property which means that Congress would not be able to prohibit someone from taking into a Federal Territory. Under this ruling Congress had no right to ban slavery in any federal territory.