Dred Scott v Sanford

Dred Scott v Sanford
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  • At the Second African Baptist Church
  • Well, there's a law called the MIssouri Compromise which says that it illegal to own slaves west of the Mississippi and north of the sourthern border of Missouri.
  • ...Our Master Emerson took us from New Orleans to Fort Snelling in the Wisconsin Territory.
  • At Irene Emerson's house
  • Yes. We should sue Miss Irene for our freedom.
  • Dred! You won't believe what some lady at church told me! She said that there's a law called the MIssouri Compromise that says that its illegal to won slaves west of the Mississippi and north of the sourthern border of MIssouri! We're free!
  • Back at the church
  • I sure do. I know a lawyer named Francis Murdoch who would love to help you with your case.
  • Pastor Anderson, do you know any lawyers that could help Harriet and I with our case?
  • At the St. Louis courthouse
  • The court has decided that the plaintiff is not a free man because he is unable to prove that he is owned by the defendant.
  • Ms. Sanford has appealed the case to the Missouri Supreme Court in Jefferson City.
  • We may be able to sue again in Missouri Circuit Court.
  • At the Lawyer Murdoch's law firm
  • At the Missouri Circuit Courthouse in St. Louis
  • The jury has voted unanimously to give the plaintiff his freedom.
  • Yes! My family is finally free!
  • Later at the Lawyer Murdoch's law firm
  • At the Missouri Supreme Courthouse in Jefferson City
  • The court has decided that the plaintiff is not a free man.
  • At Lawyer Murdoch's Office
  • Ms. Sanford has handed ownership of you to her brother, John Sanford of New York. Because he lives in a different state, the only step we can take now is to appeal the case to Supreme Court in Washington, DC.
  • At the Federal Supreme Court in Washington DC
  • The court has decided in a 7-2 decision that the plaintiff cannot be a free man because the Missouri Compromise is unconstitutional and black people were never intended to be citizens under the Constitution.
  • I'm sorry, but there is no other court you can go to. 
  • At Lawyer Murdoch's Office
  • The End.
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