150th Anniversary of the Dred Scott Decision
Professor Mark Graber talked about the Dred Scott case and its impact on the law and American history. Archival video clips of current… read more
Professor Mark Graber talked about the Dred Scott case and its impact on the law and American history. Archival video clips of current Supreme Court Justices commenting on the Dred Scott case were shown. Mark Graber is the author of Dred Scott and the Problem of Constitutional Evil, published by Cambridge University Press.
Dred Scott was a slave who lived with his owner in the free state of Illinois and the free territory of Wisconsin before moving back to the slave state of Missouri. He sued in court for his freedom based on his years of living in free states. Dred Scott eventually appealed his case to the U.S. Supreme Court (Dred Scott v. Sandford). In March 1857, the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, declared in a 7-2 decision that all blacks were not and could never become citizens of the United States. The court also declared the 1820 Missouri Compromise unconstitutional, thus permitting slavery in all of the country’s territories. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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- Mark A. Graber Professor University of Maryland, Baltimore->School of Law
- Edna Greene Medford Associate Professor Howard University->History Department
- Steven Scully Host C-SPAN
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