R03bc_The Kansas-Nebraska Act and the Dred Scott Decision
As previously, be sure to take targeted notes and keep the content organized.
I. The Kansas-Nebraska Act
This Act set many things in motion. One would lead to the Bleeding Kansas violence that marked John Brown as a violent anti-slavery proponent. It would also contribute to a landmark case that makes-up the other half of our investigation today.
Background info (& document) on the The Kansas-Nebraska Act.
A. Read the brief background summary located at… http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=28
B. Impact of the Kansas-Nebraska Act.
1. Analyze the actual document (via a link on the same webpage above).
2. Identity the location in the document, and the phrasing, that essentially nullifies the Missouri Compromise of 1820 (regarding slavery in the territories dependent on a particular latitude).
II. Dred Scott Decision
Background of the Dred Scott Case
A. Read the brief background summary located at… http://www.umsl.edu/~virtualstl/phase2/1850/events/resources/documents/dscs.html
B. Consider the questions below.
1. What were the merits of this case? In other words, succinctly describe why the Supreme Court heard this case.
2. Who won the case? (Dred Scott, the slave. Or, the Sanfords, who ‘owned’ him).
3. What role did the Kansas-Nebraska Act play in the final decision by Justice Taney?
4. In your estimation, would the case have been decided differently if the Missouri Compromise remained in force and the Kansas-Nebraska Act never existed? (Defend your position)