Dred Scott

African-American plaintiff in freedom suit (c.1799–1858)

Dred Scott (1799 – September 17, 1858) was a slave in the United States of America who took legal action to get his freedom in the Dred Scott v. Sanford case. His case was rejected by the Supreme Court.[1]

Dred Scott

Many people were angry at the decision, and slavery became one of the main issues in the American Civil War a few years later. Slavery was ended after the Confederate States of America surrendered.


  1. "Decision of the Supreme Court in the Dred Scott Case". The New York Times.