Attorneys for the Plaintiff (Dred Scott) – 5 people will be the attorneys. Each Attorney will work with one of their own witnesses to create questions. Each attorney must cross examine one of the opposition’s witnesses. Each Attorney must hand in the questions they created as well as an opening statement or a closing statement.
Attorneys for the Defense (Sanford and Missouri) - 5 people will be the attorneys. Each Attorney will work with one of their own witnesses to create questions. Each attorney must cross examine one of the opposition’s witnesses. Each Attorney must hand in the questions they created as well as an opening statement or a closing statement.
SUPREME COURT JUSTICES (nine people) – Must formally write and hand in their opinions in the case. Chief Justice will run the court room.
WITNESSES (included with attorneys)
1. Phineas Loker – Pro slavery minister who knows Dred Scott (Defendant Witness)
2. John C. Calhoun – Southern authority on the constitution (Defendant Witness)
3. Mrs. Emerson Chaffee - owner of Dred Scott (Defendant Witness)
4. Dred Scott - a slave (Plaintiff witness)
5. John Logan - army officer (Plaintiff witness)
6. Mr. Calvin Chaffee – Married to the woman who owns Dred Scott (Plaintiff Witness)
7. Daniel Webster – Northern authority on the constitution (Plaintiff witness)
8. William Johnson – Judge from the state of Missouri (Defendant Witness)
Each witness must work with lawyers from their side to create questions they will be asked. They should also prepare for a cross examination.
REPORTERS (Seven People)
As reporters you should write your article from the perspective of one of the following papers:
1. The Liberator: This paper is the voice of the abolitionists. The editorial would be slanted to make slavery look evil and all those in favor of slavery evil. Dred Scott would be treated like a hero.
2. The Charleston Gazette: This paper would be Pro-Southern. The editorial would be slanted to support Sanford and the state of Missouri. Northerners who would abolish slavery would be treated as villains.
3. The New York Times: This paper deals with facts and does not attempt to support one side or the other.
In writing your editorial you should point out the highlights of the day. (Example: lawyers opening statements, statement of a particular witness, some incident in the court.) You should slant the incident to your point of view.