On March 6, 1857, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney of the U.S. Supreme Court shared the majority opinion in the ruling of Dred Scott v. John Sandford. The Supreme Court ruled that slaves were not citizens of the United States and, therefore, could not expect any protection from the federal government or the courts.
- What were the reasons why the United States Supreme Court ruled against Dred Scott?
- How did this ruling compare to the Iowa Supreme Courts ruling in the case of Ralph?
- How did the Iowa ruling model for everyone the need for upholding the civil rights of citizens of Iowa and the United States? How did the Dred Scott ruling set that progress back?
"Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857)," U.S. Supreme Court, 6 March 1857. Courtesy of National Archives