This week, we uncover the life of Harriet Scott, the wife and co-plaintiff of Dred Scott in the infamous case Dred Scott v. Sanford, in which the Supreme Court held that African Americans were not citizens of the United States. This divisive case greatly influenced the outcome of the next presidential election and the South’s eventual secession from the Union, leading to the Civil War. Although much is known about the case itself, little attention has been devoted to Harriet Scott and her husband, the people who brought the case before the Court and lived with the devastating consequences.
Today’s show was engineered by Greg Scheckler and produced by Madison Poulter and Scott Bomboy. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich and the Constitutional Content Team.