Dred Scott v. Sandford



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Under the law, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled African-Americans did not have the right to sue in federal court and were considered second class Americans.  They didn’t have the rights white Americans had since their ancestors were brought here involuntary.  Slave owners were protected under the 5th amendment, because slaves were categorized  as property. The particular case  of Dred Scott V. Sanford angered many Americans and brought attention to the issue.  It raised tensions between North and South causing violence between slave owners and abolitionist. Eventually this case was one of the many reasons why this nation went on a civil war.  One results were that states ratified, the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments making all citizens or naturalized citizens eligible to have fully American rights no matter what skin color.


This was a very special case in my opinion, because it publicized everyone’s point of view on this issue at the time. People got to see the unfairness African-Americans were going through.This injustice angered many people and in was fuel to the tensions between whites and blacks.  I wonder what the outcome would’ve been if the laws were never ratified and things remained  the same. Would the color of your skin really be enough to judge, and discriminate someone after all this years? The truth of the matter is that  there’s still discrimination existing all around the world.