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The Dred Scott Case, A Legal Review, 1857

Gray, Horace; Lowell, John. A Legal Review of the Case of Dred Scott, as Decided by the Supreme Court of the United States. From the Law Reporter for June, 1857. Boston (MA): Crosby, Nichols, and Company, 1857. 8vo, stitched paper wrappers, 62pp. Remnants of ink inscription on top right edge of front cover.

This First Separate Edition provides one of the earliest and best legalistic attacks on Chief Justice Taney's opinion in the Dred Scott Case. The authors, Horace Gray and John Lowell, dissect Taney's opinion, presenting five points, starting with the fact that under existing legal precedent, Negroes could be citizens, and that any slave brought into a free jurisdiction by his master becomes free the moment that the slave touches free soil. This review originally appeared as an article in the June 1857 issue of the Law Reporter, and serves as a prime example of how Conservative lawyers from the North were appalled by the partisan and unjudicial [sic] nature of Taney's opinion (Finkelman, 1985: 51-52).

Provenance:The Ed Steers Lincolniana & Civil War Collection

Condition:Some wear to spine; wear and some loss to edges of front and back paper covers.

Estimate: $500 - $700
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$235
12/02/2011

 

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