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REPORT OF THE DECISION OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE OPINIONS OF THE JUDGES THEREOF, IN THE CASE OF DRED SCOTT VERSUS JOHN F.A. SANFORD

Howard, Benjamin C.


Item #: 60884

Pages: 239 pp.
Published: Washington; Cornelius Wendell, Printer; 1857. Reprinted in 2007.

Subjects: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, SLAVERY AND THE LAW

Account of the case before the U.S. Supreme Court of the U.S. for the district of Missouri by Dred Scott seeking his freedom from slavery. Scott based his petition upon long residency in the free states of Illinois and Wisconsin. The decision of the U.S. Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney declared that no blacks could become citizens of the U.S., whether they were slaves or free, so therefore the phrase in the Declaration of Independence "all men are created equal" did not apply to them. The 1856 decision by a mostly pro-slavery court was believed to have been very instrumental in Abraham Lincoln's rise to the presidency.

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