Dred Scott Vs. Sandford: A Brief History with Documents

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Palgrave Macmillan, Mar 15, 1997 - History - 240 pages
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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.

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PAUL FINKELMAN is President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow in the Government Law Center at Albany Law School. He is the author of many books, including Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson, Dred Scott v. Sandford: A Brief History with Documents, and A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States (with Mel Urofsky).

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