Did Dred Scott earned his freedom?


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  • Should Dred Scott earn his freedom? What did it mean to the US?
  • Krishna Shah
  • Dred Scott was the slave of Dr. John Emerson, an army surgeon who lived in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Fetch, some wood for the fire.
  • Yes, sir.
  • Later, on in the 1830s, taking tours of duty, the surgeon was on his death bed. Leaving Dred Scott asking for his freedom at the court.
  • 1850 Compromise of 1850
  • 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act
  • 1857
  • 1861 Civil War
  • Scott's case reached the US Supreme Court 11 years later, 1857. First key issue; whether Scott was a citizen. Second, if his time living on free soil made him free. Third, the court had to determine the constitutionality of prohibiting slavery in parts of the Louisiana Purchase. Taney B. Roger addressed Scott's citizenship. Claiming slaves were property; Congress could not prohibit someone from taking slaves into a federal territory.
  • The ruling stunned many northerners. Some northerners feared that the spread of slavery would not stop with the federal territories. Illinois lawyer Abraham Lincoln warned that a future Court ruling, or what he called "the next Dred Scott decision", would prohibit states from banning slavery.
  • The Congress should ban slavery...!
  • What if, slavery wouldn't be stop...
  • "The next Dred Scott decision"
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