The Dred Scott Decision

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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.