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    Dred Scott and the Supreme Court

    Lea VanderVelde talked about the Dred Scott v. Sanford Supreme Court case of 1857, the repercussions of the decision, and why its location in Missouri was very important. Dred Scott, who was a slave, attempted to sue his owner John Sanford for his family’s freedom after they had been moved to a free state by their former master. Among other points, the court ruled that slave or free African Americans could not sue in federal court because they could not be U.S. citizens. 
    Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave the introduction. 

    The Supreme Court Historical Society’s 2014 Leon Silverman Lecture Series, “The Supreme Court and the Civil War Revisited,” marked the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. "Dred Scott and the Origins of the Civil War," the first of the four lectures, was held in the courtroom of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C.

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    Book Discussion on Leo Strauss

    Robert Howse talked about his book, Leo Strauss: Man of Peace, about the life and career of the late University of Chicago professor Leo Strauss and discusses the influence that Strauss has had on neoconservatives today. Professor Howse spoke at the International House at the University of Chicago.