People, Power, Politics of Dred Scott vs. Sanford

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The American court system has effectively used technicalities in cases they want a winning decision in since the conception of the United States of America. No other example concerning slavery is better illustrates this than Dred Scott v. Sanford. This case has become infamous not only because the decision, but because it was a major stepping stone made in the progress of getting equal rights for negroes. Loopholes in the constitution ultimately kept Scott a slave, but he made monumental progress in 1857 when he went to the Supreme Court and attempted to sue for his own freedom. The Dred Scott V. Sanford case talks about what came of his case and what he was suing for and the loophole used by the Federal court system. During a time of uncertainty for the nation, at the helm of this uncertainty was the negro man during the abolitionist movements and the exact rights they haven't been given until post the civil war. Slavery had been the central issue of the civil war. During the abolitionist movement, slavery was a revisited issue and now not only Negros opposed it, but many Northern white men as well. “The abolitionist movement had begun to transform northern public opinion: many citizens now firmly opposed slaveries extensions to any of the territories North, or South.” as stated by Corey Robin (107), who introduces the Dred Scott v. Sanford case. Though the negroes gained more support through northern…

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