Month: November 2016

A Supreme Court Tragedy: Dred Scott v. Sandford

In 1857, the United States Supreme Court decided one of the most controversial cases in the history of the country. Just days after James Buchanan began his term as president, Chief Justice Roger Taney wrote the opinion for the Court, ruling that neither slaves nor freedmen could be citizens of the United States. The implications […]

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Bleeding Kansas

After the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, William Seward proclaimed to the Senate that “[w]e will engage in competition for the virgin soil of Kansas, and God give the victory to the side which is stronger in numbers as it is in right.”┬áCongressional Globe, 33 Cong., 1 sess., appendix, 769. Rather than settling the issue […]

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