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Dred Scott v. Sandford: A Brief History with Documents
Perhaps no other Supreme Court decision has had the political impact of Dred Scott v. Sandford. Using a variety of documents that reflect regional opinions and political debates, Paul Finkelman examines the 1857 decision that helped set in motion the events that eventually led to a new birth of freedom and the abolition of slavery in the United States.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 15th 1997 by Bedford/St. Martin's
(first published December 1st 1996)
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So, this book is exactly what its subtitle says it is: A [Very] Brief History with [Excerpts from Lots of Dense Historical] Documents. I read the book for a graduate seminar on the concept of "black subjectivity," but as I worked my way through sixty pages of Supreme Court opinions, newspaper editorials, Lincoln-Douglas debates, etc., I decided that I wish I had known about the book fifteen years ago, when I was studying for the AP US History Exam. I sometimes felt like Finkelman's introductions ...more