Dred Scott v. Sandford

THE PUBLIC DEBATE OVER CONTROVERSIAL SUPREME COURT DECISIONS, Melvin I. Urofsky, ed., pp. 24-33, CQ Press, 2006

10 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2009

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Paul Finkelman

Gratz College; Albany Law School

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

In this article, Professor Finkelman takes the reader through the infamous Dred Scott decision from beginning to end; he clarifies some of the often misconstrued background history and discusses some of the lasting effects of the Supreme Court decision. In challenging his owner in Federal court, Dred Scott brought the legal rights of slaves into question. While the Court decided against Scott, it became an influential stop on the road to war, and ultimately the 14th Amendment.

Keywords: Dred Scott, 14th Amendment

Suggested Citation

Finkelman, Paul, Dred Scott v. Sandford (2006). THE PUBLIC DEBATE OVER CONTROVERSIAL SUPREME COURT DECISIONS, Melvin I. Urofsky, ed., pp. 24-33, CQ Press, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1507086

Paul Finkelman (Contact Author)

Gratz College ( email )

7605 Old York Road
Melrose Park, PA 19027
United States

Albany Law School

NY
United States

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