Background: The time between the ratification of the constitution and the civil war, abolition of slavery was becoming very popular. There were more free states than slave states.
Dred Scott was an african american slave, when his owner, Sandford, died he filed a case in Federal Circuit Court in St. Louis, Missouri. in Federal Circuit Court in St. Louis, Missouri. He said that because he lived in a free state for 10 years that he should be made a free man.
Sandford was Scott´s owner, he said that Scott could not sue because he was not a citizen of United States.
The court looked at the case with broad terms but concluded that Scott was not a ¨citizen of the state” so they had no say on the matter, but the main opinion was that he was not a free man.
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“Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857).” Landmark Cases of the U.S Supreme Court, landmarkcases.org/en/landmark/cases/dred_scott_v_sandford. Accessed 1 Mar. 2017.
“DRED SCOTT V. SANFORD (1854).” Bill of Rights Institute, 2017, billofrightsinstitute.org/educate/educator-resources/lessons-plans/landmark-supreme-court-cases-elessons/18963-2/. Accessed 1 Mar. 2017.