Dred Scott was decided

On March 6, 1857, the US Supreme Court announced its landmark decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford, holding that blacks, slaves as well as free, were not and could never become citizens of the US, and that the 1820 Missouri Compromise was unconstitutional.

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