U.S. History, Period 6
November 18, 2013
Dred Scott v. Sandford In todays world, for the most part, we do not have to worry about slavery. We can thank the Dred Scott v. Sandford case for this. Without this supreme court case, the world would be completely different than it is today. This case decided a lot of the laws of todays world and it played a big part in preventing and stopping slavery in the future.
I. Main Facts
A. case lasted between 1846 and 1857
B. Scott sued his masters widow for freedom
C. Took 11 years to come before U.S Supreme Court
II. The Amendments to the Constitution, the Constitutional issues, and/or the important issues in the case
A. 5th Amendment and 13th and 14th Amendments
B. Court struck down the Missouri Compromise
C. Deprived property owners of their rights to take their property anywhere
III. The History of the case being appealed to the Supreme Court and the decisions of the lower courts
A. Handed down on March 6, 1857
B. Six Justices agreed with the ruling
C. Scott could not be a free man
IV. What did the Supreme Court decide? Why did the Supreme Court decide as it did?
A. Scott could not be a free man
B. Court determined that it did not have jurisdiction to hear Scott's case
C. The agrument that blacks could not become citizens came about in the court case
V. What legal precedent did this case set? What was the significance of this decision for the U.S. at the time of the decision?
A. Chief Justice Roger Taney cited the Supreme Court of Missouri's denial of Dred Scott's freedom
B. The significance of this case was to stop slavery at the time
C. Another significance was to make all people in the U.S. citizens of the U.S.
VI. What is the significance of this Supreme Court