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The Dred Scott Decision There have been several cases in the history of the Supreme Court that have had a powerful impact on both the highest court of the land and the history of the United States The Dred Scott decision can definitely be included in this category of monumental cases that changed the course of American history Until this decision the Supreme Court had a flawless reputation Its prestige and credibility were beyond reproach This high regard for the Supreme Court made people on both sides of the slavery issue turn to it in the hope that what could not be resolved in the political world could be solved in the legal world by the highest court of the land But this was really expecting too much of judicial power The major error associated with this case was the misguided belief that a flaming political problemslavery could become manageable by calling it a legal problem and handing it over to the courts to resolveIn the Dred Scott case the decision was based on expediency not principle The big problem was trying to use judicial power to settle a major political problem Although the Dred Scott decision may have been the result of a trial in reality it was a case of the court battling with the complex issue of slavery especially in the territories in the mid l800sIn order to tell the story of a slave you have to tell the story of his masterThe slave does not have an identity or history of his own In Virginia Peter Blow and his family had many slaves Among these slaves was a young man named Sam or as we know him today Dred Scott Peter Blow decided to move his estate to Alabama and then to the thriving port city of St Louis During these years Dred married and had a child After the death of the Blows Dred was sold to Dr Emerson
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