Dred Scott and the Supreme Court

Lea VanderVelde talked about the Dred Scott v. Sanford Supreme Court case of 1857, the repercussions of the decision, and why its location… read more

Lea VanderVelde talked about the Dred Scott v. Sanford Supreme Court case of 1857, the repercussions of the decision, and why its location in Missouri was very important. Dred Scott, who was a slave, attempted to sue his owner John Sanford for his family’s freedom after they had been moved to a free state by their former master. Among other points, the court ruled that slave or free African Americans could not sue in federal court because they could not be U.S. citizens. 

Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave the introduction. 

The Supreme Court Historical Society’s 2014 Leon Silverman Lecture Series, “The Supreme Court and the Civil War Revisited,” marked the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. "Dred Scott and the Origins of the Civil War," the first of the four lectures, was held in the courtroom of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Dred Scott and the Supreme Court

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Program ID:
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jun 8, 2014
Last Aired:
Dec 27, 2014

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  • Jun 08, 2014 | 8:56pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jun 09, 2014 | 1:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jun 14, 2014 | 1:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jun 15, 2014 | 7:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 26, 2014 | 9:29am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 26, 2014 | 3:27pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 26, 2014 | 9:27pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 27, 2014 | 5:09am EST | C-SPAN 3
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