Dred Scott Storyboard- Katrin Gatz
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Who would like to purchase the slave Dred Scott?
I, John Emerson, want to buy Dred Scott.
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In 1832, Dred Scott was sold to Dr. John Emerson after his previous owner died. Emerson took Scott with him to Illinois and the Wisconsin Territory (free states) to work for several years.
In 1846, Dr. Emerson died and his widow hired Scott to another Army Captain. Dred Scott attempted to buy freedom for himself and his wife, but she refused.
We should be free because we have lived for extended periods in a free state and our owner died.
Scott and his wife filed separately for court and their case went to the Missouri Supreme Court where they were denied freedom.
The Dred Scott case went to the Supreme Court.
You will not receive freedom because you aren't a citizen and, therefore, have no right to sue under the Constitution. You were also purchased in a slave state.
Legacy and Impact The Dred Scott decision was extremely important because it proved that slavery was legal and it nullified the Missouri Compromise. The decision also further divided the North and the South on the issue of slavery. In many states, legislation was created that freed any slaves to pass the state border, going directly against the Supreme Court decision in Scott v. Sanford. In addition, the decision undermined the platform of the Republican Party and showed that Congress didn't have the power to prohibit slavery.
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