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Dred Scott and the Dangers of a Political Court

Dred Scott and the Dangers of a Political Court (Hardback)

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Dred Scott exemplies neither originalism nor aspirationalism gone wrong, as many modern critics now argue. Rather, the Dred Scott Court erred chiefly because the majority gave in to the still-relevant temptation to subordinate honest legal reasoning to the pursuit of what the majority regarded as a noble and crucial political agenda-in this case, to protect slavery and the political power of the slave-holding South, and thereby preserve the Union.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSlavery & abolition of slaveryHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical control & freedomsHuman rightsLawLaws of Specific jurisdictionsConstitutional & administrative law Publisher: Lexington Books Publication Date: 25/11/2009 ISBN-13: 9780739137581  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Ethan Greenberg is an Acting New York State Supreme Court Justice and an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School.

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