Essay heading: Dred Scott Decision

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This shows that, money could have been the driving force behind this case. This also shows that Scott may have been persuadable to another person's reasons for pursuing the case. In addition, if this was true and Scott "had been illegally held as a slave since 1834." (Herda, 30) This shows that, he would have the right to compensation, and therefore be entitled to what would be a lot of money...
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This also shows, how a mistake by a master in his traveling with a slave into free states could invoke a slaves freedom and cost the master years of wages, even time subsequently spent in Missouri, a slave state. In conclusion, this case could have been started for monetary reasons, but the initial decision appeared to be made based on the case being controversial in many areas beyond monetary considerations...
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