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Who were the members of the Scott family? How did each contribute to the making of the Dred Scott Case?

Scott family

What were freedom suits and why were they significant?


Courtesy of Lea VanderVelde

Discussion Question

  • How does the story of Dred and Harriet Scott and their legal struggle for freedom illustrate important elements of American slavery?
  • Why was the outcome of the 1857 Dred Scott decision so destabilizing for antebellum American politics?

Legacy –The Election of 1860

Can you identify the four political parties in 1860 and their presidential candidates from this cartoon?

Dred Scott