This short biography focuses on Dred Scott, an enslaved person who sued for his freedom during the 1850s. In 1857, the case Scott v. Sanford was brought before the US Supreme Court. The decision, issued by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, affirmed that the suit had no basis because Scott was not a citizen of the United States. Additionally, the Court ruled that Congress could not restrict slavery in US territories, as that would constitute a violation of the Fifth Amendment. The case had a profound effect upon the movement to end slavery in the United States, galvanizing those who supported its abolition.
The biography includes a series of questions based on the reading.
In using this in my own class room, students are encouraged to:
1. Number the paragraphs
2. Read the biography
3. Highlight answers in the reading
4. Use complete sentences.
The answer key demonstrates these steps.
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