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HISTORICAL AND LEGAL EXAMINATION OF THAT PART OF THE DECISION OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE DRED SCOTT CASE, WHICH DECLARES THE UNCONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE...

Benton, Thomas Hart


Item #: 5814
Published: Buffalo; William S. Hein & Co., Inc./Bflo; 2003.

Series: HEIN'S PRESERVATION PROGRAM
Subjects: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, SLAVERY AND THE LAW

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This text presents a critical examination of the SupremeCourt's DRED SCOTT decision, along with Benton's argumentsagainst the Missouri Compromise that reaffirms hisconviction that the status of slaves, as property, could notbe affected by federal legislation.A writer and Democratic Party leader, Benton championedagrarian interests and westward expansion during his 30-yeartenure as U.S. senator from Missouri. Although he wasgenerally considered proslavery and pro-Southern and was anearly supporter of statehood for Missouri w/out restrictionon bondage, in the 1840s he came to oppose the extension ofslavery into the territories on the grounds that itinhibited the national growth and was a menace both to theUnion & to his vision of the freeholder's Arcadia.

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