Dred vs. Scott. By: Mireina Barrios. Who was involved?/ Details About the Event? Why its important. Dred Scott and Roger B. Taney
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Dred Scott, a slave who had his freedom at Illinois and the free territory of Wisconsin before moving back to the slave state of Missouri had appealed to the Supreme Court in hopes of being granted his freedom. Taney a staunch supporter of slavery and intent on protecting Southern from Northern aggression. He wrote in the court’s majority opinion that because Scott was black, he was not a citizens and therefore had no right to sue.
The Dred Scott decision effectively ended the Missouri Compromise, hardened the political rivalry between North and South and paved the way for the Civil War. It determined slaves were not citizens
He was important because he made the U.S Supreme Court what is today . Not only that he was chief justice of the U.S Supreme Court then he even handed down numerous important decisions which gave the federal government more power.