The Supreme Courts Decision on Dred Scott Case

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The Supreme Court’s decision on Dred Scott’s status as a slave or free man had far reaching consequences for all black people in the United States, free or slave. In a 3 page essay, choose 2-3 of those consequences and examine some of the legal, political, and cultural effects of the Dred Scott decision.

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Consequences for all black people in the United States, free or slave
Political effects


Legal effects


Cultural effects


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Dred Scott ruling
Consequences to black people
The Dred Scott decision was a major ruling that impacted the black people negatively by
denying their rights (Allen 133). President James Buchannan was accused of influencing the
decision on the scales of justice. The judges, in this case, rejected Scott's request of citizenship
for all people belonging to the African ancestry. This, therefore, meant that Scott remained a
slave. According to the judgment, Scott was forbidden from bringing a case that was against his
master because he had no rights that were guaranteed for a citizen. This made his suit invalid in
the first place and therefore was the foundation of denying rights to slaves.
After this ruling; the black people were subjected to discrimination and often regarded as
commodities. In what was termed as slavocracy, the African American community had no
freedom of re-enslavement. The ones who had...

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