Civil War

By: Miguel Venegas

Dred Scott Case

a slave who had lived in the free state of Illinois and the free territory of Wisconsin before moving back to the slave state of Missouri, had appealed to the Supreme Court in hopes of being granted his freedom.

3 Facts

1. The Court ruled that whether enslaved or free, could not be American citizens and therefore had no standing to sue in federal court.

2. The Court denied Scott's request. For only the second time in its history the Supreme Court ruled an Act of Congress to be unconstitutional

3. The decision immediately spurred vehement dissent from anti-slavery elements in the North, especially Republicans.


1. Dred Scott

2. Roger B. Taney