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 (PhD, University of Chicago) is the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow in the Government Law Center at Albany Law School. His many books include "Landmark Decisions of the United States Supreme Court" (2008) and "A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States" (2002), which he coauthored; "The Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties" (2006) and "The Encyclopedia of the New American Nation" (2006), which he edited; and" Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson" (2001). For the Bedford Series in History and Culture he edited "Dred Scott v. Sandford: A Brief History with Documents" (1997) and "Defending Slavery: Proslavery Thought in the Old South: A Brief History with Documents" (2003). Finkelman has also published numerous scholarly articles on American legal history and civil rights, and he lectures frequently on these subjects.

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