Dred Scott was a slave who unsuccessfully sued for his freedom in 1857 in a case known as the “Dred Scott Decision.” Even though he was a slave, he based his case on the fact that he had lived with his master, Dr. John Emerson, in states and territories where slavery was illegal according to both the state laws and the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. However the U.S. Supreme Court decided 7-2 against Scott. Its finding was that no person of African ancestry could claim citizenship in the United States; therefore, Scott could not bring suit in federal court under the diversity of citizenship rules. It also ruled that his emancipation would improperly deprive Scott’s owner of his legal property. The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments later nullified that decision.
This Dred Scott mug is part of our Civil War and African American Series profiling outstanding men and women who have helped shape our country in important and positive ways.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.