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Title The Dred Scott case : historical and contemporary perspectives on race and law / edited by David Thomas Konig, Paul Finkelman, and Christopher Alan Bracey
Published Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, [2010]
©2010
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 281 pages :) : illustrations
Series Ohio University Press series on law, society, and politics in the Midwest.
Contents Constitutional law and the legitimation of history : the enduring force of Roger Taney's opinion of the court / David Thomas Konig -- Dred Scott versus the Dred Scott case : the history and memory of a signal moment in American slavery, 1857-2007 / Adam Arenson -- John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, Dred Scott, and the problem of constitutional evil / Mark Graber -- The legacy of the Dred Scott case : the uncertain course of emancipation in Missouri / Louis Gerteis -- An exaggerated legacy : Dred Scott and substantive due process / Austin Allen -- Emancipation and contract law : litigating human property after the Civil War / Daniel W. Hamilton -- Dred Scott, human dignity, and the quest for a culture of equality / Christopher Alan Bracey -- Dred Scott, racial stereotypes, and the "enduring marks of inferiority" / Leland Ware -- Unmasking the lie : Dred Scott and the antebellum Southern honor culture / Cecil J. Hunt -- Whose ancestors were imported into this country and sold as slaves? / John Baugh -- Considering reparations for Dred Scott / Alfred L. Brophy -- Lessons for judges from Scott v. Emerson / Duane Benton -- Missouri law, politics, and the Dred Scott case / Michael A. Wolff -- The strange career of Dred Scott : from Fort Armstrong to Guantanamo Bay / Paul Finkelman
Summary "In 1846 two slaves, Dred and Harriet Scott, filed petitions for their freedom in the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri. As the first true civil rights case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, Dred Scott v. Sandford raised issues that have not been fully resolved despite three amendments to the Constitution and more than a century and a half of litigation." "The Dred Scott Case: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Race and Law presents original research and the reflections of the nation's leading scholars who gathered in St. Louis to mark the 150th anniversary of what was arguably the most infamous decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision, which held that African Americans "had no rights" under the Constitution and that Congress had no authority to alter that, galvanized Americans and thrust the issue of race and law to the center of American politics." "This collection of essays revisits the history of the case and its aftermath in American life and law. In a final section, the present-day justices of the Missouri Supreme Court offer their reflections on the process of judging and provide perspective on the misdeeds of their nineteenth-century predecessors who denied the Scotts their freedom."--Jacket
Notes OldControl:muse9780821443286
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-268) and index
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Subject Scott, Dred, 1809-1858 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Constitutional history -- United States.
Slavery -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History.
Slavery -- United States -- Legal status of slaves in free states -- History.
United States -- History -- 1849-1877.
United States -- Race relations -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Trials, litigation, etc.
Dictionaries.
Form Electronic book
Author Bracey, Christopher Alan, 1970-
Finkelman, Paul, 1949-
Konig, David Thomas, 1947-
ISBN 0821443283 (electronic bk.)
9780821443286 (electronic bk.)
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