Dred Scott

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An engraved portrait print of Dred Scott, an early American and the plaintiff in the Dred Scott v. Sanford case of the Supreme Court of the United States, decided in 1857. Dred Scott v. Sanford is regarded as a major precursor event of the U.S. Civil War. Wikipedia says, "the Court held that the United States Constitution was not meant to include American citizenship for people of African descent, regardless of whether they were enslaved or free, and so the rights and privileges that the Constitution confers upon American citizens could not apply to them."

This image appeared on the front page of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, published in New York, No. 82 Vol. IV, of Saturday, June 27, 1857. The artist's signature appears to include a stylized "S" atop a "W" and "NOLCOMB SQ" and the original caption read, "DRED SCOTT. PHOTOGRAPHED BY FITZGIBBON, OF ST. LOUIS." Engravings of Scott's wife Harriet and their daughters Eliza and Lizzie also appeared on the front page.




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