#1: She was a runaway slave.
#2: She saved her entire family from slavery.
#3: She was a great American.
She was a true patriot, I argue to my students.
And she was also a career criminal.
This infamous decision, by far the worst ever in the history of the Supreme Court, legalized slavery everywhere in the United States. As a result of this decision, African Americans everywhere could be kidnapped and thrown into slavery, even if they had been free men. According to the Supreme Court, African Americans everywhere could be considered the property of whites, without recourse to the justice system for protection.