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Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857)

Dredd Scott, a slave from Virginia, sued the wife of his master for his freedom after her husband died, but the courts ruled that people of African descent (or their descendants) brought to United States as slaves were not  U.S. citizens and therefore not covered by the legal protections in the U.S. Constitution.

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