Dred Scott Case Facts

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There have been many important laws and court cases in black history and the United States Supreme Court's 1857 decision in the Dred Scott Case is one of the earliest. The case involved the freedom of Dred Scott, a man born into slavery but who had lived in states where slavery was illegal for many years before returning to a slave state. Beyond the important question of Dred Scott's freedom the United States Supreme Court's decision would affect the rights of black people throughout the United States. The court's decision in essence took away the U.S. Congress's ability to limit slavery in the United States western territories and would be a contributing factor to the outbreak of the American Civil War 4 years later.

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