Free Dred Scott v. Sanford DBQ Lesson Plan

This decision declared the Missouri Compromise unconstitutional. The ruling held that people of African descent were not citizens under Article III of the Constitution, but rather, they were property. Furthermore, slaves were not made free because they traveled into a free state.

The Court stressed the importance of safeguarding what it called property rights: “the rights of property are united with the rights of person, and placed on the same ground by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, which provides that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, and property, without due process of law.

Dred Scott v. Sanford DBQ Download

In order to download the lesson plan, please complete this brief form. You will be directed to the lesson PDF upon clicking "Submit" at the bottom of the page.






Please select the eNewsletter(s) you would like to receive:




*Please remember that if you unsubscribe from all communications, you will be unable to receive seminar updates or reminders. 



Need assistance with this form?