The Dred Scott Case: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Race and Law
David Thomas Konig, Paul Finkelman, Christopher Alan Bracey
Ohio University Press, Jun 8, 2010 - History - 281 pages
In 1846 two slaves, Dred and Harriet Scott, filed petitions for their freedom in the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri. As the first true civil rights case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, Dred Scott v. Sandford raised issues that have not been fully resolved despite three amendments to the Constitution and more than a century and a half of litigation. The Dred Scott Case: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Race and Law presents original research and the reflections of the nation’s leading scholars who gathered in St. Louis to mark the 150th anniversary of what was arguably the most infamous decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision that held that African Americans “had no rights” under the Constitution and that Congress had no authority to alter that galvanized Americans and thrust the issue of race and law to the center of American politics. This collection of essays revisits the history of the case and its aftermath in American life and law. In a final section, the present-day justices of the Missouri Supreme Court offer their reflections on the process of judging and provide perspective on the misdeeds of their nineteenth-century predecessors who denied the Scotts their freedom.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
abolitionists Abraham Lincoln African Americans antislavery argued argument asserted Benton Blair Boman Bork Brown century cited citizens citizenship civil rights claim clause color Congress contracts Corwin Court of Missouri Debate with Stephen declared Democratic dignity dissent doctrine Douglas Dred and Harriet Dred Scott decision emancipation Emerson enslaved federal court Fehrenbacher Fort Snelling Fourteenth Amendment free blacks freedom suit Harriet Scott honor culture human property Ibid Illinois inferiority interpretation issue Journal judges judicial Law Review legacy liberty Lochner Louis majority ment Missouri Compromise Missouri Supreme Court Negro one’s Oxford University Press Paul Finkelman person political president proslavery protection race jurisprudence racial equality racism Reconstruction reparations Republican rule Scalia Scott Case Reconsidered Scott family slave slaveholders slavery social South Southern state’s status stereotypes substantive due process Taney Taney’s opinion territories Thirteenth Amendment tion U.S. Supreme Court Union United Washington William