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Chief Justice Taney on the Dred Scot Decision...

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March 09, 1857

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, March 9, 1857 

* Historic Dred Scott Decision
* Famous former slave case

Page 5 has nearly 2 1/2 columns taken up with a report on the historic Dred Scott Decision, a landmark decision of the Supreme Court in which the Court held that the Constitution was not meant to include American citizenship for black people, regardless of whether they were enslaved or free, and so the rights and privileges that the Constitution confers upon American citizens could not apply to them.
The report is headed: "THE DRED SCOTT CASE" "Slavery Along 'National' " "Judgment of Chief Justice Taney" who was the Chief Justice, he speaking for the majority opinion of the Court.
This report does get to the meat of the decision, which includes: "...the right of property in a slave is expressly conferred in the constitution & guaranteed to every state...no words can be found in the constitution giving Congress a greater power over slaves than over any other description of property...neither Dred Scott nor any one of his family were made free by their residence in Illinois. The plaintiff was not a citizen of Missouri but was still a slave, and therefore had no right to sue in a court of the United States..." with more.
The full text of Judge Taney's opinion is shown in the photos.
This is one of the more notable & controversial Supreme Court decision in the history of U.S. civil rights.
Eight pages, slightly irregular at the blank, spine margin, very nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War