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Dred Scott

Slavery Figure. He was the center figure in the 1857 "Dred Scott" Supreme Court case in which the United States Supreme Court, led by staunch slavery proponent Justice Roger B. Taney, ruled that Dred Scott, as an African American, was not a United States citizen and had no right to sue for his freedom. This decision nullified the Missouri Compromise of 1820 (which was legislation that restricted slavery in certain territories) as being unconstitutional, and contributed to the sectional strife in the 1850s that led to the Civil War.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1573
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dred Scott (1799–17 Sep 1858), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1573, citing Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .