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Charles J. Ogletree Jr. and Johanna Wald

The lessons of Dred Scott

By Charles J. Ogletree Jr. and Johanna Wald
April 5, 2007

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ONE HUNDRED fifty years ago -- on March 6, 1857 -- the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision that haunts us today. In Dred Scott v. Sandford the court found all "negroes," even free ones, exempt from the rights, privileges, and immunities afforded to US citizens by the Constitution. Chief Justice Roger Taney, writing for the majority, concluded that blacks ... (Full article: 749 words)

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