Dred Scott v. Sanford, which Abraham Lincoln called "an astonisher in legal history"1 remains to this day the most famous of all American judicial decisions. It was a landmark in the history of judicial review because it was the Supreme Court's first invalidation of a major federal law. The decision, in fact, provided an early indication of the vast judicial power that could be generated if political issues were converted, by definition into constitutional questions.
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Scott Case 340.
14 Stanley I. Kutler, ed., The Dred Scott Decision: Law or Politics? (Boston: Houghlin Mifflin Company, 1967) 10.
15Kutler, The Dred Scott Decision 10-11.
16 Fehrenbacher, The Dred Scott Case 342-343.
17 DSvS, 404.
18 DSvS, 404-405.
19 DSvS, 409-410.
20 Kutler, The Dred Scott Decision 12.
21 Fehrenbacher, The Dred Scott Case 346.
22 DSvS, 412.
23 DSvS, 426-427.
24 DSvS, 427.
25 Edward S. Corwin and Jack W. Peltason, Understanding the Constitution (New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Inc., 1949) 100-101.
26 See Appendix C
27 DSvS, 451-452.
28 Kutler, The Dred Scott Decision 165.