Civil war


Slavery in America began when the first African slaves were brought to the North American colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619, in the production of such crops as tobacco. Slavery was practiced throughout the American colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries, and African-American slaves helped build the economic foundations of the new nation.

Dred Scott

IN the case of Dred Scott V. Sanford, the superman Court ruled that black men - whether

free or enslaved had "no rights which a white man was bound to respect . Scott , who claimed that he was freed when his master took him to a northern state which did not allow slavery , saw his petition rejected . Moreover, the Court ruled that southern slave owners could take their slaves- their property.


The total population included 3,953,761 slaves, representing 12.6% of the total population. By the time the 1860 census returns were ready for tabulation, the nation was sinking into the American Civil War