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Dred Scott

  • Historical Controversies Podcast: Season 2

Tags Legal SystemU.S. History

01/03/2018Chris Calton

Season 2, Episode 10. What is now considered the worst Supreme Court ruling of all time, Dred Scott v. Sandford, was a decision that sought to end the controversy over slavery that had raged since the Compromise of 1850. By ruling that Congress had no legal power to prohibit slavery in the territories, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney poured gasoline on the fire that was dividing the nation.

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Chris Calton

Chris Calton is a 2018 Mises Institute Research Fellow and an economic historian. He is writer and host of the Historical Controversies podcast.

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