Dred Scott

Dred Scott

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  • Dred Scott was born a slave in Southhampton county, Virginia, around 1799
  • Dred Scott married Harriet Robinson in free Wisconsin Territory, but they never claimed their freedom   
  • The Scott's passed through many free states when their master was moved around 
  • Emerson suddenly died, leaving  the Scotts to his widow
  • The Scotts worked as hired slaves and Scott offered to purchase his freedom but Irene Emerson denied him
  • Dred Scott filed a lawsuit for their freedom in Missouri state court in St. Louis with the help of antislavery lawyers
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