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Maine Legislature

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Document Type

Text

Contributing Institution

Maine State Archives

Identifier

B130-F112

Description

Response of the Maine Legislature to the Supreme Court decision in the case of Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393.

The court held that Scott was not free because being black he was not considered a person under the U.S. Constitution, declaring that no slave or descendant of a slave could be a U.S. citizen. As a non-citizen, the court stated, Scott had no rights and could not sue in a Federal Court and must remain a slave. In addition, this decision declared that the Missouri Compromise was unconstitutional and that Congress did not have the authority to prohibit slavery in the territories. The Dred Scott decision was overturned by the 13th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution.

Broad Creation Date

1857

Language

English

Location

Kennebec County; Augusta

Disciplines

Constitutional Law | History | Political History | United States History

1857  Documents Related to the Dred Scott Decision


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