Dred Scott vs. Sandford part 1


Dred and Harriet Scott. From Century magazine, June 1887. Public domain

Dred Scott v. Sandford is one of the most notorious Supreme Court cases of all time. It wasn’t just about Dred Scott. It was also about his wife Harriet and their daughters Eliza and Lizzy. This episode covers Dred and Harriet, how they met, and what their lives were like before petitioning for their freedom in 1846.

Tracy's Research:

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Topics in this Podcast: Dred Scott v. Sandford, Missouri Compromise, slavery, racism, court cases, biographies, U.S. history, 19th century, U.S. Supreme Court, black history, civil rights