The Dred Scott Case as an American Family Saga

VanderVelde, Lea
April 2011
OAH Magazine of History;Apr2011, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p24
Academic Journal
The article discusses the U.S. Supreme Court case Dred Scott v. Sandford, with a particular focus on the experiences of plaintiff Dred Scott and his family. Scott, his wife Harriet, and his daughters Eliza and Lizzie were born as slaves but believed themselves legally entitled to freedom after they were brought to free U.S. territory. The court ruled that the acts of Congress which had previously allowed this practice were unconstitutional.


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