Dred Scott and the Crisis of 1860

36 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2007 Last revised: 30 Sep 2014


This article argues the centrality of the Dred Scott case in the election of Abraham Lincoln and to the national crisis of 1860. Taking the view that the struggle over the expansion of slavery into the territories was in essence a scramble for national political power, the economic, political, legal and social roots of the sectional dispute are traced, and the causal connection between Dred Scott and the coming of the Civil War, among other causes, is clarified.

Suggested Citation

Weinberg, Louise, Dred Scott and the Crisis of 1860. Chicago-Kent Law Review, Vol. 82, No. 1, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1000394

Louise Weinberg (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Austin ( email )

2317 Speedway
Austin, TX 78712
United States

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