Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Black History and Blacks in U.S. History
A Nation Divided

Dred Scott Decision

Dred Scott Decision
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.2

     challenging words:    non-slave, eligibility, ruling, brink, citizenship, inferior, dealt, status, thirteenth, federal, classification, tension, favor, attempt, government, issue
     content words:    Supreme Court, United States, Civil War, Dred Scott, Harriet Robinson, Circuit Court, State Supreme Court, John Sanford, Missouri Compromise, When Dred

Print Dred Scott Decision
     Print Dred Scott Decision  (font options, pick words for additional puzzles, and more)

Quickly Print - PDF format
     Quickly Print: PDF (2 columns per page)

     Quickly Print: PDF (full page)

Quickly Print - HTML format
     Quickly Print: HTML

Proofreading Activity
     Print a proofreading activity

Feedback on Dred Scott Decision
     Leave your feedback on Dred Scott Decision  (use this link if you found an error in the story)

Dred Scott Decision
By Mary L. Bushong

1     What happens when a slave sues for his freedom, and it goes to the Supreme Court of the United States? You have the recipe for a decision which not only set the country on its ear, but helped set the stage for the Civil War.
2     Dred Scott was born in Virginia as a slave in 1799. His owners, the Blow family, moved west to Missouri in 1830. After arriving in St. Louis, they sold Dred to an army doctor stationed just south of that city.
3     Over the next 12 years, he accompanied Dr. Emerson to the Illinois and Wisconsin territories, both non-slave areas. Dred even married Harriet Robinson, another slave, but did not attempt to stay behind when his master was ready to move back to Missouri in 1842.
4     The next year the doctor died, and his widow hired Dred and his family out to work for other people. After three years of this life, the Scotts attempted to sue for their freedom.
5     The Circuit Court of Missouri ruled in Mrs. Emerson's favor the first time, but Dred appealed and won the second suit. Mrs. Emerson appealed to the State Supreme Court, which overturned that decision. Then she turned Dred over to her brother, John Sanford.

Paragraphs 6 to 11:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable

Copyright © 2009 edHelper