1. On this day in 1857: In a decision that helped lead to the Civil War, the Supreme Court, in its famous “Dred Scott Decision,” ruled that neither slaves — nor their descendants — could ever become U.S. citizens. The decision is also acknowledged for the influential role it played in altering the national political landscape: It launched Abraham Lincoln’s national political career and ultimately allowed for his election.

    Here’s what else happened on this day in history

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    America’s first racial immigration policy targeted African slaves and their descendants. Asians and Middle Easterners...
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