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Baker, Godwin, & co, printers, New York The unjust judge. A memorial of Roger Brooke Taney, late Chief Justice of the United States.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00267.060 Author/Creator: Baker, Godwin, & co, printers, New York Place Written: New York, New York Type: Pamphlet Date: 1865 Pagination: 68 p. ; 23 x 14.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Contains a critical review of Taney's career and his decision in the Dred Scott case, where he upheld the existing slavery laws. Discusses the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as they relate to the issue of slavery in the United States.

Background Information: Taney served as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court 1836-1864. Major decisions during his lengthy tenure included Charles River Bridge Company vs. Warren Bridge in 1837, the Dred Scott ...decision in 1857, and Merryman, ex parte in 1861. See More

People: Taney, Roger Brooke, 1772-1864
Scott, Dred, 1809-1858

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: US ConstitutionSupreme CourtLawGovernment and CivicsAfrican American HistorySlave RebellionAbolitionReform MovementDeclaration of IndependenceUS ConstitutionCivil Rights

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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