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Taney, Roger Brooke (1777-1864) The Dred Scott Decision

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04393 Author/Creator: Taney, Roger Brooke (1777-1864) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Pamphlet Date: 1860 Pagination: 48 p. ; 21.5 x 14.3 cm.

Summary of Content: A pamphlet containing Taney's ruling in the Dred Scott case, as well as two articles asserting the inferiority of "the negro race." One is an introduction by Van Evrie stating "the Supreme Court, in the Dred Scott decision, has defined the relations, and fixed the status of the subordinate race forever-for that decision is in accord with the natural relations of the races, and therefore can never perish. It is based on historical and existing facts, which are indisputable, and it is a necessary, indeed unavoidable inference, from these facts." The other is an essay by Cartwright entitled "Natural History of the Prognatuos Race of Mankind," a pseudo-scientific attempt to create a racial hierarchy. Published by Van Evrie, Horton & Co.

People: Taney, Roger Brooke, 1777-1864
Cartwright, Samuel Adolphus, 1793-1863
Van Evrie, John H., 1814-1896
Taney, Roger Brooke, 1777-1864

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: SuperstitionDred ScottJudiciaryAfrican American HistoryScience and TechnologyLawSlaveryFreedom and IndependenceFreemen

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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