Dred Scott Case

Dred Scott Case

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  • The Dred Scott Decision
  • Order in the court! Mr. Scott, what bring you here today?
  • Your Honor, I would like to sue the court for not giving my freedom rightfully so.
  • My master moved us up to Illinois, a free state. I proceeded to work there as a slave.
  • My master died in the war later on. His wife, Irene Sanford, continued to hire us out, regardless of being a slave in a free state. Residing in a free state automatically means that I am now free. But because my master will not let me leave, I am turning to you to lawfully give me my freedom.
  • End of discussion!
  • The court rules... that Irene Sanford is not guilty. You are considered property, and therefore you cannot sue.
  • But-but I am free! I am technically no longer a slave!
  • This case forever lives in infamy. His owner clearly violated 3 of the biggest slave-based treaties. His ruling went against the law and broke the constitution. This showed the lack of order the US government had and how people used their own values over the nation's constitution to make court rulings. Scott was bought again and was set free by the same owner shortly after.
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