Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) (Middle School)

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This landmark case from 1857 tackled the following question: Are people of African descent citizens of the United States? If so, is Dred Scott free or enslaved?

For additional teaching resources on this case, please visit the high school-level case page and Street Law’s LandmarkCases.org, which provides a range of resources and activities to teach middle and high school students about historic Supreme Court cases. The cases featured on LandmarkCases.org are the most mentioned cases in state social studies standards across the United States. 

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