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Dred Scott Decision 1857

March 6, 2009

On this date in 1857 the dreadful Dred Scott “Decision” was handed down by the United States Supreme Court.

Dred Scott, a slave, filed for freedom in a Missouri court, but lost the case when Chief Justice Roger B. Tanery handed down the decision that when the Constitution was formed, negros had not been considered as part of “the people” and that Negros, free or slaves, were not and never had been citizens.

This judgement was superceeded by Amendment XIV to the U.S. Constitution, which states in section 1. :
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without the due process of law; nor deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law.
[Adopted in 1868]

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