Cause and effect essay on the Dred Scott decision
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... Dred Scott Decision: Its Cause and Effect Introduction Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857), was a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that people of African descent imported into the United States and held as slaves together with their descendants, be they slaves or not were not protected by the Constitution and could never be U.S. citizens. The court also held that the U.S. Congress had no authority to prohibit slavery in federal territories and that, because slaves were not citizens, they could not sue in court. Furthermore, the Supreme Court, in its decision written by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, ruled that slaves, as chattels or private property, may not be taken away from their owners...