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This week in history: America stepped closer to Civil War with the Dred Scott case


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  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2013 9:00 a.m.

    Justice Taney, quoted in article: "...beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations, and so far inferior that they had no rights..."

    I had, of course, studied the Dred Scott case in American History class in high school, but I don't recall ever reading the actual decision. I have seen racist writing before, but even allowing for the time period, this is extreme-- especially for such a senior official in the government. No doubt Taney is reeling somewhere from the presidential elections of 2008 and 2012.

    Thanks for a nice summary of an important, if shameful, moment of American history.

    Editing nitpick: tenant-> tenet (4th graph from end) It's a common mistake.