Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857)

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This landmark case from 1857 tackled the following question: Is Dred Scott, a person who was born enslaved but later taken by his owner to live in a free state and a free territory, considered a citizen of the United States, and is he entitled to the rights and privileges guaranteed by the Constitution?
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