Dred Scott question
SLevinson at MAIL.LAW.UTEXAS.EDU
Wed Jan 10 14:48:13 PST 2001
Taney decided to end the
>>issue all at once, miscalculated, and the whole thing blew up in his face.
What if he had "calculated" correctly: e.g., the Republican Party slinks
away, limiting its 1860 platform to eradicating polygamy in Utah and
conceding that it can no longer eliminate that other "relic of barbarity,"
slavery (in the territories), and Stephen A. Douglass had been elected on a
popular sovereignty platform, thus preserving the Union (and slavery).
Would that have made Dred Scott better?
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