19h 6min, dec 31, 1856 y - Dred Scott v. Sanford
Dred Scott was a Virginia slave who tried to sue for his freedom in court
The case eventually rose to the level of the Supreme Court
justices found that, as a slave, Dred Scott was a piece of property that had none of the legal rights afforded to a human being.
Dred Scott Decision threatened to entirely recast the political landscape that had thus far managed to prevent civil war
classification of slaves as property made the federal government’s authority to regulate the institution much more ambiguous
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