Dred Scott Case and Historical Context

Events

Dred Scott's birth

Approx. 1800

Missouri Compromise

1820

Purchased by Dr. John Emerson

1832

Moved to Wisconsin with Emerson

1836

Emerson died

1843

Wilmot Proviso

August 1846

Scott's Court Battle

September 1846 - 1857

Scott sued his master's widow for freedom

September 2 1846

Scott brought his case to court

1847

Scott deemed free by Missouri Court

1850

Compromise of 1850

1850

Missouri Court reversed their decision

1852

US Supreme Court deemed Scott a slave

1854

US Supreme Court decided that Scott was not free

1857

Scott v. Sandford

1857