Today In History- March 6

Today In History- March 6


The Supreme Court of the United States rules in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case.

Dred Scott vs.Sanford decision strengthens debate on slavery.

  • Washington D.C., USA

In one of the most controversial actions in the fight for civil rights, on Mar. 6, 1857, the Supreme Court ruled in the famous Dred Scott vs. Sanford.  The Supreme Court ruled that persons of African descent could never become American citizens, and that Congress had no authority to prohibit slavery in federal territories.  The decision was eventually overturned with the passage of the 13th and 14th amendments.

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