Dred Scott- ladies and Gentlemen, my name is Dred Scott. I was sold into slavery in the year 1830. My master lived on a plantation in the slave state of Missouri. Soon after he bought me we moved to Rock Island, Illinois
Dred Scott- Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is Dred Scott. I was sold into slavery in the year 1830. My master lived on a plantation in the slave state of Missouri. Soon after he bought me we moved to Rock Island, Illinois. Illinois was a free state. After living in Illinois for a short period of time we moved again to the free territory of Wisconsin. A few years later he moved back to Missouri. My owner died not long after returning to Missouri.
Northern Abolitionist- It seems to me that Mr. Scott has a right to sue for his freedom. Because his owner brought him to the free state of Illinois and then to the free territory of Wisconsin he should have been a free man. Slavery was not allowed in those places. I would like to help Dred Scott sue for his freedom.
Southerner- Dred Scott can no longer sue for his freedom because he has been returned to Missouri. Because Missouri is a slave state he is once again a slave. If he wanted to sue he should have done so while he was in Illinois or Wisconsin.
Dred Scott- I would like to try to sue for my freedom. I believe that I should be a free man because my master brought me into Illinois and then Wisconsin.
Southerner- Dred Scott has no right to sue for his freedom. Slaves do not have a right to go to court to testify. This case should not even go to court.
President Buchanan- As President of the United States I want the Supreme Court to make a ruling in the Dred Scott court case. I want the country to know where we stand on the issue of slavery. I wish to have the Supreme Court hear his case so we can finally put the issue of slavery to rest. After the court case there should be no more debate about where slavery can or cannot exist. I ask the Chief Justice, Roger Taney (Taw-nee) to give us a decision on Dred Scott and the issue of slavery altogether.