Dred Scott v. Sandford
Courtesy of the Library of Congress
In this political cartoon Dred Scott is depicted as a central figure in the 1860 presidential contest. Lincoln is shown in the upper right hand corner dancing with an African American woman, a satirical nod to Lincoln's abolitionist platform. When this cartoon was published both Dred Scott and John Sanford were already deceased. Dred Scott v. Sandford had long ceased to be about two individuals. Rather, it was an integral part of the mounting tension around the slavery debate that would lead directly to the Civil War.