In this position paper I will explain the trials that Dred Scott
had to go through in his life in his attempts for justice to be served.
Dred Scott was born in 1799, and was an illiterate slave. His parents
were slaves and so he was born the property of the Peter Blow
family. In 1804 The United States took possesion of Missouri and
after many debates on whether or not it would be a slavery state, a
resolution known as the Missouri Compromise came along. This
made a balance in the number of free and slave states, the problem
was that Missouri was located right in the middle of what was the
freedom and slavery.
In 1830, the Blow family moved to St. Louis and then ran into
some financial problems, which made them sell Dred Scott to Dr.
John Emerson. Emerson was a military surgeon stationed just south
of St. Louis in Jefferson Barracks. For twelve years Dred Scott had to
go with Emerson to different posts in Illinois and the Wisconsin
territory where slavery was prohibited due to the Missouri
Compromise. Also during this time Dred Scott married a woman by
the name of Harriet Robinson, who was also a slave, and they had
two children. In 1842, Dr. Emerson and his wife Irene moved back to
St. Louis and Dred Scott and his family had to follow. Just a year
later John Emerson died, so Mrs. Emerson hired out the Scott family
to work for other families in St. Louis. Then, on April 6, 1846, Dred
Scott filed a law suit against Irene Emerson. Scott was suing for the
nine years that he had been in free territories. In these nine years
he never made an attempt to get his freedom and it is not known
why he waited until this specific time, there are only three
possibilities that are considered though. One possibility is that he
was tired of being hired out. Another possibility is that he was
possibly on the verge of getting sold to another owner. The last
possible reason was that Scott may have tried to pay for his
freedom, but was refused of it. It is known that the suit was not
filed for political reasons.
The Scotts' case took place in the St. Louis Circuit Court and in
1847 the jury ruled in Mrs....