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Important Vocabulary (•)

As you read the background summary of the Dred Scott case, look for the important vocabulary words that are italicized.  When you come to one of those terms, look at this page for its definition.  Then, check to see if you understand the definition by either sketching a picture of what you think it means, or by putting it in your own words.  Feel free to add terms from the reading that you would like to practice.

  • slave
    Definition: A person who is the property of a person or household and who is required to serve
    How would you express this in your own words or in a drawing?
  • sued (to sue)
    Definition: To seek a remedy for a grievance or complaint in court
    How would you express this in your own words or in a drawing?
  • jury
    Definition: A body of persons sworn to judge and give a verdict on a given matter, especially a body of persons called by law and sworn to hear and hand down a verdict upon a case presented in court
    How would you express this in your own words or in a drawing?
  • appealed (to appeal)
    Definition: To formally request that a lower court decision be examined and reconsidered by a higher court
    How would you express this in your own words or in a drawing?
  • federal court
    Definition: A court established by the authority of a federal government, as opposed to one established by a state government
    How would you express this in your own words or in a drawing?

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