The Road to Disunion. 1846-1860. The Wilmot Proviso, 1846. What happened? In August 1846, David Wilmot attached a rider to an appropriations bill barring slavery from any territory acquired as a result of the Mexican War
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Did Dred Scott have a right to bring his case into the federal courts?
Did Dred Scott become a freeman by living in a free state and in a free territory? If so, this would limit slavery since most slave owners would not risk taking their human “property” into a free state
Did Congress have the authority to prohibit slavery in the territories? If not, then the Missouri Compromise restriction on slavery in the territories was unconstitutional