Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court. Benjamin C. HOWARD.

Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court

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HOWARD, Benjamin C. A Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States,and Opinions of the Judges Thereof, in the Case od Dred Scott verses John F. A sandford. December Term, 1856. Washington:Cornelius Wendell, Printer, 1857. 239pp. Orig. printed wrappers. Spine repaired with tape, small chip from upper right corner of front wrapper, early owner's name on the first page, very old stain to final leaves, smallchip affecting a few words to last two leaves, else a very good copy. HOWES S-218. Grolier 100, 68. This case demonstarated the extreme pro-slavery position of the Supreme Court and helped to precipitate the Civil War. Dred Scott, a slave who lived in Rock Island, Illinois, and Fort Snelling, Wisconsin, both places where slavery was prohibited, sued for his freedom in 1846. The Supreme Court's decision against Scott exacerbated feelings between the North and South and seriously diminished the Court's credibility in the North.

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