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  • After losing in the court in Missouri, he decided to take his case to a higher court.
  • Dred Scott was a slave in Missouri in the early 1800s. He later lived in Illinois and was no longer under the rule of John Sanford.
  • I should have my freedom!
  • Illinois was a free state due to the Compromise of 1820. He wondered if his time in a free state made him a free man.
  • He went back to Missouri to go to court and argue that he was free.
  • No!
  • Federal court here I come!
  • 7-2 decision for Sandford!
  • Under Taney Court, it was decided that any one, free or enslaved, from African slave decent did not have American citizenship.
  • No African America, whether free or enslaved, had citizenship, rights, or power in court.
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