Judgment in Dred Scott v. Sandford 1857

Chief Justice Taney, who once called slavery “a blot on our national character,” was nevertheless a staunch supporter of the South’s slave-based economy. A few months after Justice Taney’s ruling, Dred Scott was purchased and set free. He enjoyed nine months of freedom before his death in 1858.

National Archives, Records of the Supreme Court of the United States

Judgment in <em>Dred Scott</em> v. <em>Sandford</em>