The Taney Court, 1836-1864: The Jurisprudence of Slavery and the Crisis of the Union

THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT: THE PURSUIT OF JUSTICE, Christopher Tomlins, ed., pp. 75-99, Houghton Mifflin, 2005

25 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2009  

Paul Finkelman

University of Pittsburgh, School of Law; Albany Law School - Government Law Center

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

Roger Brooke Taney served as Chief Justice to the United States Supreme Court from 1836 until 1864. In this article, Professor Finkelman discusses the controversial Justice and the impact he had on history. Finkelman argues that “however much we may admire Taney’s personal grace, his clever opinions, and his sometimes brilliant analysis of constitutional issues, his racism, proslavery dogmatism, and secessionist sentiments will remain his legacy.”

Keywords: Taney, Supreme Court

Suggested Citation

Finkelman, Paul, The Taney Court, 1836-1864: The Jurisprudence of Slavery and the Crisis of the Union (2005). THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT: THE PURSUIT OF JUSTICE, Christopher Tomlins, ed., pp. 75-99, Houghton Mifflin, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1507100

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