Dred Scott - Research Article from American Civil War Reference Library

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Born 1795?
Southampton County, Virginia
Died September 17, 1858
St. Louis, Missouri

Slave who sued unsuccessfully
to obtain his freedom

The U.S. Supreme Court's controversial
ruling in
Dred Scott v. Sandford increased
the hostility between North and South that led
to the Civil War

Dred Scott v. Sandford placed the entire institution of slavery on trial.  Dred Scott. (Courtesy of the Library of Congress.) Dred Scott v. Sandford placed the entire institution of slavery on trial.

Dred Scott. (Courtesy of the Library of Congress.)

Dred Scott was a slave who challenged the institution of slavery in court. He filed a lawsuit arguing that he should be free since his master had taken him to live in free territory for several years. The historic case, known as Dred Scott v. Sandford, made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1857. At this time, the Northern and Southern halves of the country were involved in a fierce debate about slavery and the extent to which the government...

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