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Dred Scott v. Sandford : a brief history with documents

Author: Paul Finkelman
Publisher: Boston : Bedford Books, ©1997.
Series: Bedford series in history and culture.
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"The only book on Dred Scott built around primary documents, this brief text examines the 1857 Supreme Court case - one of the most controversial and notorious judicial decisions in U.S. history - in which a slave unsuccessfully sued for his freedom. In addition to excerpts from each justice's opinion, contemporary editorials and newspaper articles, and pertinent excerpts from the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the book  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Trials, litigation, etc
Named Person: Dred Scott; John F A Sanford; John F A Sanford; Dred Scott
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Finkelman
ISBN: 031212807X 9780312128074 0312115946 9780312115944
OCLC Number: 36644463
Description: xii, 240 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Contents: Part 1 Introduction: The Dred Scott Case, Slavery, and the Politics of Law An Overview of the Dred Scott Case --
A Bad Decision --
A Complex and Confused Case --
Slavery in the Territories --
Who Was Dred Scott? --
Dred Scott Sues for Freedom --
In the Federal Court --
The Jurisdictional Issue and the Plea in Abatement --
The Case in the Federal District Court --
Before the Supreme Court --
The Judges --
The Compromise Not Taken --
The Jurisdictional Question --
Free Blacks under Taney's Constitution: "They Had No Rights" --
The Status of Slavery in the Territories under Dred Scott --
The Territories Clause --
The Fifth Amendment --
Law as Politics --
The Politics of Law --
The Republican Fear of a Conspiracy --
The Nationalization of Slavery --
The Democratic Response --
Epilogue --
Part 2 The Documents --
1 Opinions of the Justices --
Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney, Opinion of the Court in Dred Scott, Plaintiff in Error v. John F. A. Sandford --
Justice James M. Wayne, Concurring Opinion --
Justice Samuel Nelson, Concurring Opinion --
Justice Robert Cooper Grier, Concurring Opinion --
Justice Peter V. Daniel, Concurring Opinion --
Justice John Archibald Campbell, Concurring Opinion --
Justice John Catron, Concurring Opinion --
Justice John McLean, Dissenting Opinion --
Justice Benjamin Robbins Curtis, Dissenting Opinion --
2 Newspaper Responses to the Dred Scott Decision --
Varieties of Southern ProSlavery Opinion --
Enquirer (Richmond), The Dred Scott Case, March 10, 1857 --
Mercury (Charleston), The Dred Scott Case û Supreme Court on the Rights of the South, April 2, 1857 --
Daily Picayune (New Orleans), Citizenship, March 21, 1857 --
The Buchanan Administration's Paper Endorses the Decision --
Union (Washington, D.C.), The Dred Scott Case, March 12, 1857 --
Northern Support for the Dred Scott Decision --
Journal of Commerce (New York), The Decision of the Supreme Court, March 11, 1857 --
Journal of Commerce (New York), The Dred Scott Case, March 12, 1857 --
Post (Pittsburgh), The Dred Scott Case, March 14, 1857 --
Post (Pittsburgh), Seeking an Issue, March 17, 1857 --
Opposition to the Dred Scott Decision: A Spectrum of Northern Opinion --
Tribune (New York), March 7, 1857 --
Daily Times (New York), The Slavery Question û The Decision of the Supreme Court, March 9, 1857 --
Evening Post (New York), The Supreme Court of the United States, March 7, 1857 --
Independent (New York), Wickedness of the Decision in the Supreme Court against the African Race, March 19, 1857 --
Register (Salem), The U.S. Supreme Court, March 12, 1857 --
Zion's Herald and Wesleyan Journal (Boston), The Late Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, March 18, 1857 --
Lincoln's Paper Responds --
Tribune (Chicago), Who Are Negroes? March 12, 1857 --
Tribune (Chicago), The Dred Scott Case, March 17, 1857 --
Tribune (Chicago), Judge Curtis's Opinion, March 19, 1857 --
A War for Public Opinion: The Washington Union and The New York Tribune --
Union (Washington, D.C.), Unreasonable Complaints, March 21, 1857 --
Tribune (New York), Judge Taney's Opinion, March 21, 1857 --
Tribune (New York), Editorial, March 21, 1857 --
Tribune (New York), Editorial, March 25, 1857 --
Union (Washington, D.C.), The Supreme Court and the New York Tribune, March 28, 1857 --
3 Political Debate in the North --
Frederick Douglass, The Dred Scott Decision: Speech at New York, on the Occasion of the Anniversary of the American Abolition Society, May 11, 1857 --
Lincoln-Douglas Debates and the Dred Scott Decision --
Abraham Lincoln, The "House Divided" Speech at Springfield, Illinois, June 16, 1858 --
Stephen A. Douglas, Speech at Chicago, Illinois, July 9, 1858 --
Abraham Lincoln, Speech at Chicago, Illinois, July 10, 1858 --
Stephen A. Douglas, Speech at Springfield, Illinois, July 17, 1858 --
The Debate at Freeport: Lincoln's Questions and Douglas's Answers, August 27, 1858 --
The Debate at Jonesboro, September 15, 1858 --
Congressional Debate --
"Bust of Chief Justice Taney," Congressional Globe, February 23, 1865.
Series Title: Bedford series in history and culture.
Other Titles: Dred Scott versus Sandford
Responsibility: Paul Finkelman.
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"The only book on Dred Scott built around primary documents, this brief text examines the 1857 Supreme Court case - one of the most controversial and notorious judicial decisions in U.S. history - in which a slave unsuccessfully sued for his freedom. In addition to excerpts from each justice's opinion, contemporary editorials and newspaper articles, and pertinent excerpts from the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the book includes a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the slavery controversy in antebellum America. Helpful editorial features include headnotes, maps, illustrations, a chronology, questions for consideration, a selected bibliography, and an index."--Jacket.

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