Sometimes out of tragedies come amazing victories. Legal scholars consider the Dred Scott decision one of the worst, if not the worst, Supreme Court rulings in history. However, it was the last nail in the coffin that pushed the country into a war that finally abolished slavery.
In 1820, Congress settled much of the contention about slavery, forbidding it in the North with the Missouri Compromise. Though Northern abolitionists still wanted to rid the country of the institution altogether, they as least approved confining to the South.
Then in 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act negated the Missouri Compromise. Frustrated, abolitionists formed a political party specifically focused on eradicating slavery.
Dred Scott’s fight for freedom reached the Supreme Court as racial tensions were beginning to boil. Several slaves already succeeded in winning their freedom. Yet that occurred at state levels. This would be national.
Dr. John Emerson purchased Scott from the Blow family in the early 1830’s…
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