After 150 Years, Worst Supreme Court Decision Ever Continues to Haunt
Afro-American, March 9, 2007
2 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2008
Date Written: March 7, 2007
In 1857, the Supreme Court rendered a decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford, declaring that it had no jurisdiction to hear Dred Scott's claim to freedom because he was black and, therefore, not a citizen of the United States. This article argues that not only was the decision morally reprehensible, it was also based on an erroneous interpretation of the Constitution.
Keywords: Supreme Court, slavery, racism, citizenship, constitutional law
JEL Classification: K11, K39
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation