The Dred Scott case (1857) was the most famous legal opinion involving slavery
The Dred Scott case (1857) was the most famous legal opinion involving slavery. Scot, a Missouri slave, accompanied his owner to live in the free states of Wisconsin and Illinois for several years. Upon returning to Missouri, Scott sued for his freedom. The U.S. Supreme Court held that a slave “had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.” In other words, a slave was not a citizen.