American Experience

What Was the Dred Scott Decision?

Clip: Season 25 Episode 12 | 2m

In 1857 the Supreme Court ruled against Dred Scott, a slave who sought freedom via the courts. With the ruling the Court radically altered not just the battle over slavery, but the status of every black person in America.

Aired: 01/22/13

Rating: NR

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