Dred Scott and the dangers of a political court / Ethan Greenberg.
ix, 328 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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A slave's life False promise of freedom : Scott's state court trials "A dark and fell spirit" : the Missouri Supreme Court reverses New trial and defeat in St. Louis federal court At the summit : argument and reargument before the U.S. Supreme Court The president-elect secretly intervenes "The South is doomed" : Chief Justice Roger Taney Taney's opinion of the court : an overview Can a black man be a true American? : Taney on Negro citizenship "Upon these considerations" : Taney strikes down the Missouri compromise The road not taken : Taney on choice of law and res judicata The majority concurs (after a fashion) Two ringing dissents Reaction and the way to Civil War The use and misuse of history The aspirationalist critique : "indifference to injustice" The originalist critique : "first cousin to Roe" The traditional "judicial restraint" critique Dred Scott and the dangers of a political court.