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Surrounded by modern sky scrapers the Old Court House in St Louis Missouri is reflected in the glass of one of the modern buildings. The Old Court House is best known as the site of the Dred Scott case, and is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial of the National Park Service. The Dred Scott Decision was a major turning point in the abolition movement in the years leading up to the American Civil War. Not only did the case prevent Scott from being rightfully freed, it also effectively stripped all persons of African decent of citizenship in the United States including all free African Americans living in in the United States (remember there were large free Black populations in many northern states). The decision was nullified by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. Scott himself was eventually freed later that year through a complicated series of events involving contracts between various white slave owners. Sadly he died only 17 months after being freed having succumbed to TB.
April 2nd, 2012
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