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The Dred Scott decision was an important ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States that had a significant influence on the issue of slavery The case was decided in 1857 and in effect declared that no black--free or slave--could claim United States citizenship Slaves were viewed as property and such had no individual right Furthermore the decision indicated that Congress could not prohibit slavery in United States territories I believe that the decision was morally wrong and failed to recognize the rights of people to be free In addition the ruling had many political and social implications aroused angry resentment in the North and led the nation a step closer to civil war The decision was finally overridden after the Civil War with the introduction and passage of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution This amendment adopted in 1868 extended citizenship to former slaves and gave them the benefit and protection of individual rights textbook 295 The Dred Scott the decision involved a slave owned by US Army surgeon John Emerson Emerson lived in Missouri a state that permitted slavery In 1834 Scott went to live with Emerson in Illinois a state that prohibited slavery They later lived in the Wisconsin Territory where slavery was forbidden by the Missouri Compromise In 1838 Scott returned to Missouri with Emerson Emerson died in Missouri in 1843 and three years later Scott sued the surgeons widow for his freedom Scott based his suit on the argument that his former residence in a free state and a free territory--Illinois and Wisconsin--made him a free man A state circuit court ruled in Scotts favor but the Missouri Supreme Court later reversed the decision Meanwhile Scott had become legally regarded as the property of John F A Sanford of New York Because Sanford did not live in Missouri Scotts lawyers were able to transfer the case to a federal court This court ruled against
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