Dred Scott Case

Dred Scott Case

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  • In 1799, Dred Scott was born into slavery.
  • He was sold to John Emerson, a U.S. army doctor.
  • He got married to another slave, Harriet Robinson, in 1836
  • They traveled with Dr. Emerson to the free territories of Illinois and Wisconsin, but then returned to Missouri.
  • I want my freedom!!
  • When Emerson died, Scott tried to buy his freedom from Emerson's widow but she refused.
  • NO!
  • Hmm...I don't think that's how it works...
  • I spent time in a free state so that means I am FREE!!
  • He sued for his freedom and lost the first trial. He won the second but it got overturned.
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