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Constitutional Law Keyed to Feldman
Dred Scott v. Sandford
Citation:19 How. (60 U.S.) 393, 15 L. Ed. 691 (1857)
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Dred Scott was a slave belonging to a U.S army surgeon, Emerson. He was brought by Emerson to Illinois, a free state. Scott returned to Missouri with his wife. When Emerson died, Scott attempted to purchase his freedom from Emerson’s widow but she refused. Scott sued arguing that his residence in Wisconsin – where Congress had prohibited slavery b law – for two years made him free.
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