The ship’s insurers refused to pay out for the deaths of the slaves and the ensuing court cases found that the killing of slaves was legal in some situations.
The long case eventually went before the Supreme Court who ruled that they had been unlawfully held and thus rebelled in a natural right to self-defense. The court set them free.
Dred Scott was a slave owned by John Emerson, an army surgeon from the slave state of Missouri.
Having previously served as a senator and later military governor for the state of Tennessee, Andrew Johnson was chosen by Abraham Lincoln to be his running mate in the election of 1864.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, under his pen-name Mark Twain, had previously published the novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in which the character of Huckleberry “Huck” Finn is introduced for the first time.
Henry Morton Stanley, a Welsh-American journalist and explorer, allegedly greeted the missing Scottish missionary David Livingstone with the phrase, “Dr Livingston, I presume?”
Abraham Lincoln was elected barely five months before the outbreak of the American Civil War, and was assassinated less than a month before its end.
Slaves in the French colony of Saint-Domingue on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola began the Haitian Revolution.
On the 1st August 1834, the Slavery Abolition Act came into force in the United Kingdom, although it had received royal assent a year earlier.
On the 17th June 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbour on board the French steam ship Isère.