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Dred Scott and the Dangers of a Political Court

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Dred Scott and the Dangers of a Political Court by Greenberg, Ethan, 9780739137598
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  • ISBN: 9780739137598 | 073913759X
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/31/2010
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The Dred Scott decision of 1857 is widely (and correctly) regarded as the very worst in the long history of the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision held that no African American could ever be a U.S. citizen and declared that the Missouri Compromise of 1820 was unconstitutional and void. The decision thus appeared to promise that slavery would be forever protected in the great American West. Prompting mass outrage, the decision was a crucial step on the road that led to the Civil War.

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