The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics by Don E. FehrenbacherThe Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics by Don E. Fehrenbacher

The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics

byDon E. Fehrenbacher

Paperback | April 15, 2001

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1979, The Dred Scott Case is a masterful examination of the most famous example of judicial failure--the case referred to as "the most frequently overturned decision in history." On March 6, 1857, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney delivered the Supreme Court's decision against Dred Scott, a slave who maintained he had been emancipated as a result of having lived with his master in the free state of Illinois and in federal territory where slavery was forbidden by the MissouriCompromise. The decision did much more than resolve the fate of an elderly black man and his family: Dred Scott v. Sanford was the first instance in which the Supreme Court invalidated a major piece of federal legislation. The decision declared that Congress had no power to prohibit slavery in thefederal territories, thereby striking a severe blow at the legitimacy of the emerging Republican party and intensifying the sectional conflict over slavery. This book represents a skillful review of the issues before America on the eve of the Civil War. The first third of the book deals directly with the with the case itself and the Court's decision, while the remainder puts the legal and judicial question of slavery into the broadest possibleAmerican context. Fehrenbacher discusses the legal bases of slavery, the debate over the Constitution, and the dispute over slavery and continental expansion. He also considers the immediate and long-range consequences of the decision.
The late Don E. Fehrenbacher was William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies at Stanford University.
Title:The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and PoliticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:768 pages, 5.91 × 9.02 × 2.01 inPublished:April 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPART ONE: OUT OF THE PAST1. Race, Slavery, and the Origins of the Republic2. Slavery in the American Constitutional System3. The Pursuit of Freedom4. Expansion and Slavery in Early National Politics5. Expansion and Slavery in a Continental Republic6. The Territorial Question, 1848-18547. Toward Judicial Resolution8. The Taney Court and Judicial PowerPART TWO: A DECADE OF LITIGATION9. Dred Scott and His Travels10. Versus Emerson11. Versus Sandford12. Before the Supreme Court13. Voices in Confusion14. What the Court Decided15. The Opinion of the Court: Negroes and Citizenship16. The Opinion of the Court: Slavery in the Territories17. Concurrence and DissentPART THREE: CONSEQUENCES AND ECHOES18. The Judges Judged19. The Lecompton Connection20. The Freeport Doctrine21. Not Peace But a Sword22. Reasons Why23. In the Stream of HistoryNotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"This book confirms Fehrenbacher's preeminence among historians of the sectional controversy."--Stanley I. Kutler, The Journal of American History