Which Declares the Unconstitutionality of the Missouri Compromise Act, and the Self-Extension of the Constitution to Territories, Carrying Slavery Along With It
By: Thomas Hart Benton
Thomas Hart Benton presents readers with an important work on the historic Dred Scott Case. This work offers a critical examination of the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision, along with Benton’s arguments against the Missouri Compromise that reaffirms his conviction that the status of slaves, as property, could not be affected by federal legislation. Benton was a U.S. Senator from Missouri who was generally considered proslavery. In the 1840s he came to oppose the extension of slavery into the territories on the grounds that it inhibited national growth and was a menace both to the Union and to his vision of the freeholder’s Arcadia.