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Dred Scott v. Sanford: Case Summary & Decision

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Which of the following is FALSE of Dred Scott?

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1. Which argument was used by the Scotts in 1846 during their court case against Mrs Emerson?

2. What is true of the case Dred Scott vs E.I Emerson?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your understanding of the historical events and legalities that led to the Supreme Court's decision in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case. Practice questions examine Dred Scott's background, the decisions made by the various courts regarding Scott and his wife's freedom, and the long-reaching results of the Supreme Court's decision in the case.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Practice questions will assess your understanding of the following:

  • The Scotts' background and history as slaves
  • Legal arguments made by the Scotts' legal team
  • Back-and-forth decisions of the various courts that heard the lawsuit
  • Reasoning behind the Supreme Court's decision
  • Aftermath of the final decision

Skills Practiced

This assessment will help you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Civil Ward and Reconstruction lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify how Northerners reacted to the Scott decision
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the basis for the Supreme Court's ruling

Additional Learning

For more understanding of the politics and society of pre-Civil War America, review the lesson titled Dred Scott v. Sandford: Case Summary & Decision. This lesson reviews:

  • Biographical background of Dred Scott
  • Chief Justice Roger B. Taney's explanation for the Court's decision
  • The Scotts' ultimate fate
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