Dred Scott

Dred Scott was a slave who had been taken into a free state by his owner. In 1846 he sued for his freedom on the grounds that residing in free territory had made him free. Eleven years later his case reached the Supreme Court, where it was decided on March 6, 1857. Chief Justice Roger Taney read the majority opinion declaring that Dred Scott was not a person but a piece of property.

Date:
1857 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Photographic Print
Item#:
1850.0058
Height:
2780px
Width:
2250px
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