APUSH - Dred Scott Decision - Naya, Megha, Will, Nikhil

APUSH - Dred Scott Decision - Naya, Megha, Will, Nikhil

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  • Dred Scott Decision
  • Dred Scott was a slave to a surgeon who took him to Illinois and Wisconsin where slavery was forbidden
  • I should be free because it is illegal to have slaves
  • Scott sued owners wife saying that he should be freed technically
  • In 1850, he was freed
  • Claimed that Scott was not a citizen so he couldn’t repeal
  • I am finally free!!
  • The brother of the surgeon claimed ownership of Scott and appealed the ruling which reversed the decision
  • Taney ruled that African Americans were not citizens and could not sue, slaves, were property and couldn't be taken away without due process and that the Missouri compromise was not constitutional
  • This caused the missouri compromise to be unconstitutional
  • This was the worst decision made by the Supreme Court and Charles Evans Hughes characterized the decision as a “self inflicted wound”
  • More tensions between the north and the south and a lot of division on issued of slavery 
  • There's still tensions between North and South!
  • A new amendment or court case would be needed in order for African Americans to become citizens
  • Increase in number of abolitionists in the North
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