Dred Scott v. Sanford and President Buchanan


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Why did Dred Scott file a lawsuit?

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1. How was the Fifth Amendment used in the Dred Scott case?

2. Which statement correctly describes the Dred Scott decision?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The historic case of Dred Scott v. Sanford was a pivotal Supreme Court decision that would help set the stage for the American Civil War. This quiz/worksheet combination was designed to help test your knowledge of the case.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you in the following areas:

  • State in which Scott filed his case
  • Reason for Scott's frequent relocation
  • Supreme Court ruling on the case
  • Office held by Buchanan prior to the presidency

Skills Practiced

Students will gain practice in the following areas:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about slavery in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can review information regarding the Dred Scott case and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the Supreme Court's ruling on the case

Additional Learning

Review the lesson titled Dred Scott v. Sanford and President Buchanan to learn more about this topic. The lesson contains the following objectives:

  • Explain how the Supreme Court's decision in the Dred Scott case was a motivating factor in starting the American Civil War
  • Describe President Buchanan's reaction to the court's decision, and how that led to Abraham Lincoln's election
  • Explore Buchanan's reaction to South Carolina's secession from the United States