Scott vs.Stanford: A Decision That Would Change the Future
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Scott v. Stanford: A Decision That Would Change the Future
“You don’t have to know a lot of things for your life to make a lasting difference in the world. But you do have to know the few great things that matter, perhaps just one, and then be willing to live for them and die for them. The people that make a durable difference in the world are not the people who have mastered many things, but who have been mastered by one great thing.” This quote was said by John Piper, a well-known preacher and author. Piper gave people hope, just like Dred Scott. Scott survived the herculean battle on the road to freedom. He pled for his family’s withdraw from slavery; however, in the end, he ended up suing his master in a case that traveled all the way up to the Supreme Court. This gave hope and courage to slaves who wanted to stand up to their masters to break their infinite ties to slavery. Scott devoted most of his life to this. He made an ever-lasting change in this world by helping lead the “rebellious South” and the “infallible North” towards the Civil War. All in all, Dred Scott was a simple slave who led a complex life, a man who sued for his freedom, and a hero to the slaves for helping lead the United States to the Civil War.
Dred Scott did not have the same childhood that a child might have today, simply because he was a slave. Dred Scott was born in Southampton County, Virginia in 1785. Scott’s parents originally named him Sam, but he decided to change it to Dred when his older brother named Dred died as a young man (“The Chronology of an Era”). No one knows the exact date and place of Scott’s birth since he was a slave. Not one person would have cared enough to note such details. Additionally, many believed his arrival as nothi...
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...was a brave hero in the eyes of all slaves by helping to eliminate slavery throughout the United States. He did not live to see the Civil War start at Fort Sumter in 1861, but did live a year in freedom. Dred Scott would not have expected the outcome of his case to be the termination of slavery in the United States when he sued for just his family’s freedom in St. Louis’ Old Courthouse. “After the Civil War ended slavery, Scott’s descendants went on to build new lives. Dred Scott Madison became a police officer. In a later generation, John A. Madison became a lawyer who practiced in the very court where Dred Scott had been denied the right to sue” (Hoehner 19). As Brad Henry, the former governor of Oklahoma, always says, “Believe in yourself, and the rest will fall into place. Have faith in your own abilities, work hard, and there is nothing you cannot accomplish.”