Dred Scott Case On The United States Essay

1645 Words Dec 2nd, 2014 7 Pages
“Can a Negro, whose ancestors were imported into this country, and sold as slaves, become a member of the political community formed and brought into existence by the Constitution of the United States, and as such become entitled to all the rights, and privileges, and immunities, guaranteed by that instrument to the citizen?” Many Americans ask themselves this question when the Dred Scott case proposed it. The Dred Scott case made a huge impact on the United States. The Dred Scott decision is an essential case regarding the issue of slavery. The Dred Scott case help change the American society into what it is today.
In 1795, Dred Scott was born as a slave in Virginia. In 1820, Peter Blow, Scott’s owner, takes him to Missouri where U.S. Army Surgeon John Emerson purchases him. Emerson, his new owner, then takes him to Fort Armstrong in Illinois. At this time, Illinois is a free territory under the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, and prohibits slavery in its constitution in 1819 when it became a state. In 1836, Emerson moves with Scott from Illinois to Fort Snelling, which is in the Wisconsin Territory. Under the Missouri compromise, the United States Congress prohibits slavery in the Wisconsin territory. During this stay at Fort Snelling, Scott marries Harriet Robinson, another slave of Emerson’s. 10 years later, the Army orders Emerson to Jefferson Barracks Military Post. Emerson leaves Scott and his wife at Fort Snelling and rents out their services for money. Emerson is…

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