15 Amendment

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"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridge by the United States or by any state on account of race, colour, or previous condition of servitude."
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Dred Scott v. Sanford

Dred Scott, a slave, he claimed to be a citizen of the state of Missouri. In March 6, 1857, the supreme court ruled in a 7-2 decision that , according to the US. constitution, a slave of African decent could not be a citizen, therefore he can't sue. Dr. John Emerson, a surgeon with the US. Army, purcahsed Dred Scott , a slave and eventually moved Scott to a base in the Wisconsin Territory. Slavery was banned in the territory pursuant to the Missiouri Compromise. Dr. Emerson died in 1834, leaving the Scott family to his wife, Eliza Irene Sanford. In 1846, after laboring and saving for years, the scotts sought to buy their freedom from Sanford, but she refused. Ded Scott then sued Sanford in a state court, arguing that he was legally free because he and his family had lived in a territory where slavery was banned. In 1850, the state court finally declared Scott free.

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"Fifteenth Amendment." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2014.

PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014