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        Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) and Resource Materials

        This resource consists of a facsimile of the Dred Scott v. Sandford Supreme Court decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled that slaves were not citizens, and could therefore not expect any protection from the Federal Government or the courts. The opinion also stated that Congress had no authority to ban slavery from a Federal territory.

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