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Dred Scott Decision

Was the Dred Scott Decision Correct

Chris Beall

on 27 April 2010

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Transcript of Dred Scott Decision

Dred Scott Was the Decision Correct? Scott was born somewhere in Viginia Scott moved to St Louis with his owners in 1830 where he was sold to Dr John Emerson, an Army Doctor. Scott moved with Emerson until the time of Emerson's death. During this time he stayed in the free territories of Illinois and Wisconsin. With the help of Abolistionist advisors Scott decided to sue for his freedom. Scott based his legal argument on precedents such as Somerset v. Stewart , Winny v. Whitesides , and Rachel v. Walker. The supreme court decided that any person of African decent free, or enslaved, could not and was not a citizen and therefore could not sue in court. In addition, the court decided that the 1820 Missouri Compromise was unconstitutional, thus permitting slavery in all territories. Democrats immediately went to the defense of the Court in this contreversial decision as it worked in their favor. They wanted to stay in the favor of the court so they defended the court. Republicans had an advantage right away as Justices McLean and Curtis, read thier dissenting opinions the next day. They immedietly released there publication for print, while Taney held his for revising giving the Republicans 2 pro-Scott dissents, while the Democrats had only an Associated Press article republican Outraged and to them was a sign that the South wanted to extend slavery to the entire United states. Frederick Douglas Saw it as the way it would be brought to attention by the public and lead to the ultimate destruction of slavery Democrat Went to immediate defense of Taney and the other Justices being attacked by the Republican opponents. They accepted the decision and tried to unite the country under the decision.
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