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March 06, 1857

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The Dred Scott decision ~ (asserting that Blacks could not be citizens of the United States, even if they were citizens of their states) handed down by the Supreme Court (Category : Events)
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The Dred Scott decision
In 1857, Dred Scott (1795-1858) a slave in Virginia sued for his freedom after becoming a resident of Missouri, a free state. The case went to the Supreme Court. In Dred Scott v Sanford, the court held that Blacks could not be citizens of the United States of America, independent of whether they are citizens of any given state. As such, Blacks could not sue in a Federal court. This dual-citizenship doctrine was as wide-reaching as the later doctrine of seperate-but-equal and was used after the Civil War to strip away those rights that would be won by Blacks after the war.
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