Dred Scott Case

Dred Scott Case

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  • I should be free since I have lived in free states. 
  • The Dred Scott case started in 1857 when Dred Scott's owner died. 
  • hmm... what should we do?
  • Dred Scott then decided to make a lawsuit saying that he should be free because he lived in free states like Wisconsin and Illinois. 
  • sorry but you can't file a lawsuit because you're property.
  • Many northern lawyers supported him and believed he should be free because he lived in those states.  
  • YAY!!
  • OH NO!!
  • The Dred Scott case was so big that it had to be settled by the supreme court, but it had a sad outcome.
  • The supreme court said Dred Scott couldn't even file a lawsuit because he wasn't a citizen, he was property. They also stated they don't have the power to outlaw slavery anywhere. So now slavery could be anywhere. 
  • Northerners were scared and angry about all of this while southerners rejoiced. 
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