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1857 - Dred Scott v. Sandford: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Blacks are not citizens and slaves can not sue for freedom, driving the country further towards the American Civil War. (March 6)

In Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Americans of African descent, whether free or enslaved, were not American citizens and could not sue in federal court. The Court also declared that Congress lacked the power to ban slavery in U.S. territories. This decision significantly escalated tensions, ultimately contributing to the onset of the American Civil War.

March 6, 1857

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