Finally the court must address the issues of the

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Finally the court must address the issues of the Missouri Compromise. Is Congress constitutionally permitted to pass such a law or are they over stepping their bounds as a law making body? In this Case the supreme court ruled in the favor of the defendant. They decided that the
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Constitution did not grant citizenship to African Americans living as slaves in the United States. The court also found that Slaves were not people but property. To this point the court sates, “The unhappy black race were separated from the white by indelible marks, and laws long before established, and were never thought of or spoken of except as property, and when the claims of the owner or the profit of the trader were supposed to need protection.” Finally the court found that the Missouri compromise was unconstitutional and had it repealed. They cited years of racist feelings and prejudice against African Americans to prove that the framers would never have intended for them to be citizens. To come to the conclusion that slaves were property the court cited the slave trade practiced for years in both America and Europe. Their logic being that one does not trade real humans so African Americans had to be less than humans and therefore were property. Finally to repeal the Missouri Compromise the Court reasoned that the constitution gave a concrete right to own slaves and the government is required to help return slaves that have escaped and to protect the rights of the owners. Given these facts the court decided that the Missouri Compromise only served to deprive citizens of their rightful property; slaves. Justice McLean dissented against the opinion of the court. McLean asserts that Mr. Scott's African descent does not in anyway hinder his ability to sue under United States law. McLean argues that because Mr.Scott has a permanent domicile in the United States and because he was born therein,
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