dred scott case
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Dred scott was a former slave that sued for his freedom after his owner died
(1857) Dred Scott case
I lived in a free state (Wisconsin & Illinois) for a short time. I should be free.
The Supreme Court ruled in a 7 to 2 decision that Scott wasn't free.
They even claimed that Scott wasn't even a citizen and in fact he was counted as property, and had no right to sue.
I should have the right to sue and be free. I live in a free state!
Finally, the court ruled that congress had no right to ban slavery in a territory as it had by in passing the Missouri Compromise in 1820
This case was a huge victory for the south because it helped keep slavery legal.
Abolitionist vowed to fight the fight the court's decision
This mean that federal had no authority to ban slavery anywhere.
Dred Scott later on .. was finally set free after court rules it over.
Dred Scott later died from tuberculosis in 1858. We remember Dred Scott case b/c it was the most important slavery-related decision in the United States Supreme Court's .