VIDEO –Interviews on Dred Scott Case

In 2007, the House Divided Project at Dickinson College hosted a teacher workshop on the 150th anniversary of the Dred Scott decision.  Historians such as Steven Hahn (University of Pennsylvania) and Lea VanderVelde (University of Iowa College of Law) provided insight on the pivotal case.  Chris Bombaro of Dickinson College interviewed both scholars while they were on campus for the workshop.  VanderVelde offers background on the Missouri origins of the Dred Scott case, with particular focus on the process of filing freedom suits, as Scott and his wife Harriet did in St. Louis Circuit Court in 1846.  Hahn provides helpful analysis regarding the political impact of Dred Scott decision by the US Supreme Court in 1857.

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